Ramsay.   Gordon     - A signed copy
3 Star Chef.
GORDON RAMSAY (Three silver stars in a line) PHOTOGRAPHS BY Quentin Bacon QUADRILLE.
FIRST EDITION. 2007. Large Folio 340mm x 270mm. 1fep. 1+Title page. 2p Photographs. 1p Contents. 1p + 3p Introduction by Ramsay. 2p Photographs. 12-251. 252 Glossary. 253-255 Index. 256 Acknowledgements. 1fep. The Title page has a planche of handmade paper tipped in with Ramsay's signature on it, also an ink inscription indicating a Xmas present. A full white glossy cover with silver writing on the spine. With a white d/w with silver writing on cover and spine. Housed in a silvery grey coloured slip-case with white writing. Condition as new.
- Gordon Ramsay, a one time commis chef and protege of Marco Pierre White. He earned his own three Michelin stars at his restaurant on Royal Hospital Rd, Chelsea, London. (Previously on the same site, the restaurant 'La Tante Claire' under Pierre Koffman also had three Michelin stars). Ramsay has also been awarded seven other Michelin stars for his restaurants at Claridge's, The Connaught, Petrus at the Berkley Hotel, Maze and the Savoy Grill. He has since opened other establishments around the globe. The book is a very handsome production set out in the modern classic format featuring fifty of Ramsay's classic (his description) dishes all highlighted by beautiful full page photographs and very detailed recipes. As intended, this gives an insight into the standards required to gain and maintain three Michelin stars. Visually impressive, one's taste buds tingle with the assumption the smells and taste are just as good. A must for any serious modern cookery book collection. Must rank alongside the other literary efforts of Blumenthal, Adria, Robuchon, the Roux Brothers, Koffmann, Stein, Ducasse et al.

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Ranhofer.   Charles     - A monumental American classic.
The Epicurean.
A COMPLETE TREATISE OF ANALYTICAL AND PRACTICAL STUDIES ON THE CULINARY ART INCLUSING Table and Wine Service, How to Prepare and Cook Dishes, and Index for Marketing, a Great Variety of Bills of Fare for Breakfasts, Luncheons, Dinners, Suppers, Ambigus,. Buffets, etc., and a Selection of Interesting Bills of Fare of Delmonico's. fROm 1862 to 1894. MAKING A FRANCO-AMERICAN CULINARY ENCYCLOPEDIA By CHARLES RANHOFER, FORMER CHEF OF DELMONICO'S, Honorary President of the "Societe Culinaire Philanthropique" of New York. (single straight line) ILLUSTRATED WITH 800 PLATES. (single straight line underneath). JOHN WILLY, PUBLISHER 443 SOUTH DEARBORN STREET CHICAGO, ILLINOIS, U.S.A.
Copyright 1920. 280 x 210 mm x 90 mm thick. Original paper design in front paste down and fep. 2 extra feps. Frontispiece of Charles Ranhofer with elaborate design and Ranhofer’s facsimile signature. Wonderful ornate etched extra title page with tissue guard. [1] 2nd Title page. [1] (1)viii Preface. Facsimile Delmonico’s letter signed by Ranhofer dated Feby [sic] 24th 1893. [1] 1 page Contents with etching of Table service on verso. 1page Table service. [1] (1)2-1137. 1page Additional Recipes. (1)1140-1183 Index. [1] Original paper design in back paste down and last fep. 800 plates in-text. Original dark brown boards and spine with Art Deco embossed design on front cover and spine. In fantastic clean original state.
- Charles Ranhofer, born November 7, 1836 in Saint-Denis, France, died October 9, 1899 in New York. He was the famous Chef at the equally famous Delmonico's Restaurant in New York from 1862 to 1876 and 1879 to 1896. Author of The Epicurean, first edition 1894, a massive compendium of menus, techniques, terminology and recipes, written after his retirement. Similar in scope to Escoffier's Le Guide Culinaire, but with the plates and in-text etchings, closer in style to Urbain Dubois’ monumental works. Ranhofer was sent to Paris at the age of 12 to begin his training as a commis Patissiere, and unbelievably, at 16, became the private Chef for the Prince d'Hénin, comte d'Alsace. In 1856 he moved to New York to become the Chef to the Russian consul, and later worked in Washington, D.C. and New Orleans. He returned to France in 1860 for a short time, where he arranged balls for the court of Napoleon III at the Tuileries Palace, but then came back to New York to work at what was then a fashionable location, Maison Dorée. In 1862, Lorenzo Delmonico hired him for Delmonico's, and it was there that Ranhofer achieved real fame, and made the world-renowned reputation of the restaurant as well. At that time, Delmonico's was considered the finest restaurant in the United States and abroad. He was the Chef de Cuisine at Delmonico's until his retirement in 1896, except for a short hiatus from 1876 and 1879 when he owned the "Hotel American" at Enghien-les-Bains, a commune in the northern suburbs of Paris. Ranhofer is credited with inventing or making famous a number of dishes that Delmonico's was known for, such as Lobster Newberg. Named in honour of sea captain Ben Wenberg, but then renamed, when Wenberg had a falling-out with the Restaurant. He had, like Escoffier, a talent for naming dishes after famous or prominent people, particularly guests of Delmonico's. He also experimented with new foods, one of which he acquainted New Yorker's with, was the "alligator pear" (avocado) in 1895. Ranhofer's creativity and pursuit of excellence had very few peers in the history of haute cuisine. Delmonico’s boasted a guest list that included Charles Louis Napoleon, Oscar Wilde, Charles Dickens, Queen Victoria, Walter Scott and Lillian Russell, amongst many others, drawn to its reputation for fine food and it’s famous Chef. Ranhofer and his wife Rose had five children: three sons and two daughters. He died at home of Bright's Disease and was buried at Woodlawn Cemetery, in the Bronx NY.

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Redzepi.   Rene     - A signed copy.
Time and place in Nordic Cuisine.
Rene Redzepi. Photographs by Ditte Isager,
FIRST EDITION 2010. 4to. 295x255x40mm. Pastedown with book description. Fep with Repzepi’s signature. [1] Title page in yellow. 2 pages with Noma written across. [1] A large folding plate that is a illustrated map of the Nordic region with towns and places of importance to Noma. 1p Contents. (1)7-354. 3p Photographs of everyone at Noma. 5p Glossary. 6p Index. 1fep. Back paste-down with a small bio’ of Redzepi. With 200 fine photographs. Hard boards fully covered in grey printed cloth. As new.
- Placed unusually on the inside paste-down, there is a small concise description of the aims of Noma. It starts: "Noma: Time and place in Nordic Cuisine is an exclusive insight into the food philosophy and creativity of Chef Rene Redzepi and his innovative Copenhagen Restaurant, Noma. The book looks at every aspect of Noma and its cuisine. As well as including over 90 recipes, each of which have been specially photographed, it explains Redzepi’s evolution as a chef, describing his discovery of seasonal Nordic produce and how he has developed this into a world-class cuisine. It also portrays his relationships with some of Noma’s most dedicated suppliers, detailing the incredible commitment many have to producing and foraging ingredients of extraordinary high quality. Noma: Time and place in Nordic Cuisine provides a unique understanding of what Redzepi refers to as “The Perfect Storm”: the maelstrom of operating at the cutting edge of international gastronomy using only locally sourced ingredients. With 200 specially commissioned photographs by Ditte Isager showing Redzepi’s dishes, his suppliers and ingredients, and the Nordic Landscape, Noma: Time and place in Nordic Cuisine is the only showcase of the spectacular and innovative Noma, and its tenacious driving force, Rene Redzepi".... He was born 16 December 1977. He is also the co-owner of the two-Michelin starred Noma, situated in the Christianshavn neighborhood of Copenhagen, Denmark. Noma was voted the best restaurant in the world in 2010 San Pellegrino Awards and Restaurant magazine (incidentally proving 3 Michelin stars are not necessarily the pinnacle achievement to aim for). Redzepi is the son of an ethnic Albanian father, who migrated to Denmark from what was then Yugoslavia (now Republic of Macedonia) and a Danish mother. After choosing a culinary career at random, he trained at the restaurant ‘Pierre Andre’ which had just opened in Copenhagen and soon received a Michelin star. He first visited Ferran Adria’s ‘El Bulli’ as a guest in 1998 and has subsequently worked there during the 1999 season. Back in Copenhagen he started working at ‘Kong Hans Kælder’ that had been one of the city's leading gourmet restaurants since the mid 1970s. In 2001 he spent four months working with Thomas Keller in California at The French Laundry but returned to Kong Hans Kælder and Copenhagen. In December 2002, Redzepi was contacted by Claus Meyer, who had been offered to operate a restaurant at the North Atlantic House, a former 18th century warehouse that was being turned into a cultural centre for the North Atlantic region. Noma was opened in 2004 with Redzepi as the head chef. Interestingly the Noma brigade photographs at the back of the book have a total of 42 people. A huge number by any other restaurant’s staffing standards. With this book, Redzepi will become as well known and referenced as Adria and Blumenthal, the other two famous gastronomic deconstructors.

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Ritz.   M.L.     - Signed by Madame Ritz.
Cesar Ritz.
A PARIS EDITIONS JULES TALLANDIER 17, RUE REMY-DUMONCEL.
FIRST EDITION. (copyright 1948) 1fep. Half Title with a dedication – “A Monsieur A. Kienberger Souvenir du Cinqn au tenaire en Jenuoiguage de Symphathie – Marie Louise Ritz. June 1948. (apologies for possible mistakes. Madame Ritz’s writing is hard to decipher). [2] Frontispiece photograph of Cesar Ritz. [1] 1p Dedication to Colonel Hans Pfyffer d’ Altishofon. [1] 1p Avertissement. [1] 11-285(1) 1fep. Numerous early full-page b/w photographs. Pages untrimmed and some uncut. Cream paper covers, with a picture of the Paris Ritz Hotel on the front. On the back a printers device.
- This is the story of a great Hotelier written by his dedicated wife Marie Louise Ritz. She was also a very experienced Hotelier in her own right, taking over the running of the Ritz Hotels after Cesar’s well documented breakdown. Even tho’ the last years of Ritz’s life were sad, he made a fundamental and profound change to Hotels. His innovations are little realised, even by those at the top of the industry today. What Cesar Ritz consciously set out to achieve was design hotels from the ground up for the benefit of women only. Using all the new inventions like electricity, hot water in bathrooms in each room, beautiful feminine furnishings and décor and above all fine food. To that end he teamed up with his old colleague & collaborator Auguste Escoffier, the great Chef. Escoffier joined Ritz at his first venture in England in April 1890, at the newly built Savoy Hotel. Escoffier had initially refused to join Ritz in London, but after a visit, he was overwhelmed by the innovative beauty of the new hotel and took charge of the kitchens. This was the final arrangement that assured the Savoy's success. Ritz very astutely understood that if women were enticed thro the doors of his well thought out establishments, and above all felt comfortable there, their men would follow. This proved to be a huge success, causing an industry sea-change, highlighting the poor way hotels had operated up until then, having always been designed solely for the use of men. Women had not frequented these places since their inception centuries before. Now Ritz’s hotels had a huge customer increase, targeting approximately 50% of the population that had never eaten out before. Not only that, the occupancy of hotel rooms increased dramatically. In the book Madame Ritz tells of his triumphs with understandable pride, filling her pages with the names of royalty, statesmen, famous beauties and those who follow them. Discretion prevents her from making her book more than a collection of society-gossip paragraphs, but the collection covers a period of great social change. Ritz was successful because he anticipated most of those changes; many distinguished people saw their first real bathroom in a Ritz hotel. Marie-Louise Ritz, nee Beck, was born in Alsace on the 29th October 1867, the daughter of a hotelier family. Her mother owned a small hotel in Menton. On 16th January 1888, 38 year old Caesar Ritz married the well educated and multi-lingual young lady who was only 21 years old. Before the marriage there had been a long period of friendship and companionship. Their wedding took place in Cannes. Marie-Louise Ritz gave birth to two sons: Charles and René Ritz. Cesar was the undoubted star of the hotel industry, and was managing up to ten hotels at the zenith of his accomplishments. Shortly after that he began to suffer from breakdowns and depression. In 1902 his illness forced him to pass over his business to his wife Marie-Louise Ritz. She carried on her husband's hotel empire as first hotel manageress in the world. Caesar Ritz retreated to his beloved home village Niederwald, in Central Switzerland, for the last 16 years. He died in a clinic on the 25th October 1918. Marie-Louise had him buried in the graveyard of Père Lachaisein, Paris. On Saturday 14th January, 1961, a special train from Paris took the small coffin of the deceased Marie-Louise Ritz, and in a larger one, containing the disinterred bodies of Caesar Ritz and his son René Ritz. The two coffins were laid out in the birth house of Caesar on the outskirts of the little village. The village people walked by loyally until Monday and prayed for their great son and his family. On Monday morning the two coffins were then laid out on the village square next to the Ritz Memorial Well. On the same day a special train brought the mourners. At the head of the group was Cesar & Louise’s first-born son, 70 year old Charles Ritz, the owner of the Hotel Ritz in Paris. The whole village of Niederwald took part in the burial with all of the older generation who knew the Ritz family personally. The press of the world were also present. This is a story of a couple who, thro’ very hard work, vast experience, attention to the finest details, achieved a lasting reputation for the highest quality and service that even earned them lasting affection and gratitude from not only the elite of European society, but all the people that benefited from their enterprise.

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Robuchon   Joel     - Signed by Robuchon and Patricia Wells
Cuisine Actuelle
Patricia Wells PRESENTS THE CUISINE OF JOEL ROBUCHON Photographs by Steven Rothfield M MACMILLAN LONDON
FIRST ENGLISH EDITION 1993. 197x254mm. 1fep. Half Title with a planche with Robechon and Wells signatures. [1] Title Page. [1] 2p Acknowledgements. 1p Contents. Verso 1p List of Illustrations. (1)2-4 The Cuisine of Joel Robuchon. (1)6-8 An Interview with Joel Robuchon. (1)10 About Joel Robuchon. (1)12 Translating Three Star Concepts to the Home. (1) 15-316. (1)318-327 Index. [1} 1fep. With D/J in fine condition. Fully bound in black cloth with gilt tooling on cover and spine. Internally and externally as new. The signatures proclaim - 'Joel ma sympathic gourmande Robuchon' and 'To simple pleasures, memorable meals! Patricia Wells'
- This is a less sumptuous copy of the American edition of the same Robuchon book titled 'Simply French'. Renamed 'Cuisine Actuelle', and even though it is aimed at the housewife, the recipes are still daunting. With subtle alterations to suit the English palate and market, it is never the less a very good cook book. Robuchon's stature as a great chef is plain to see.

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Robuchon.   Joel     - With Robuchon's signature.
Simply French
PATRICIA WELLS presents the cuisine of JOEL ROBUCHON Photographs by Steven Rothfield Jacket photographs by Robert Freson William Morrow and Company, Inc. New York (With coloured borders at the top and bottom of the page and a coloured design)
FIRST EDITION 1991. 4to. 263x210mm. 1fep with small illustration. Half title with a photograph and coloured borders at the top and bottom of the page and a coloured design. [1] 1p Advertisement. Frontispiece coloured photograph. Title page. Verso with printers info and ISBN. Dedication page with a handmade paper planche with Robuchon's signature in ink. [1] 9-10 Acknowledgements. p11 Contents. p12 with Coloured Photo. 13-354. 355-367 Index. Verso - A note about the Authors. 1fep. All pages with border top and bottom. Many full page coloured photographs throughout. A full mylar cream coloured binding with silver writing on the spine. With the original dj. As new inside and out.
- Joel Robuchon's book 'Simply French' is an attempt by Robuchon to 'translate' three star concepts to the home. The chef and owner of the three Michelin starred Parisien restaurant Jamin, describes his cooking, within the context and impact of Nouvelle Cuisine as 'Cuisine Actuelle'. When reading this impressive book one wonders how the housewife would manage with the 'Ivory Turbans of Shrimp and Pasta' or 'Festive Shrimp Salad' or afford the Caviar, Truffles, Lobster etc. To be fair a lot of the recipes are simplified and one may feel inspired after reading the interviews and introduction at the beginning. Robuchon, a very influential force in French, English and European gastronomy, has, with the help of Patricia Wells brought out an impressive and well designed book that belongs at the forefront of any modern cookery book collection.

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Rombauer.   Irma Starkloff     - The very rare first 'Family' edition
The Joy of Cooking
By Irma S. Rombauer. A Compilation of Reliable Recipes with a Casual Culinary Chat - Illustrations. Marion Rombauer.
FIRST FAMILY EDITION. 1931. A.C. Clayton Printing Company, St. Louis, MO. 8vo. 1fep. Title page. 2p Preface . 4p Rules and Contents. 24p Index. 1-395. The errata line on page 370, handwritten by Irma Rombauer for the missing first line at the top of the recipe for Orange Paste with Nuts. This is found in all other copies of the first Family edition. Several handwritten recipes on last 7 blanks and the paste-down. Very slight age yellowing to pages but internally quite clean. Original full blue pebbled cloth binding with gilt lettering on the front cover which is very slightly marked. Overall in very good condition. A nice copy of an extremely rare book.
- This edition is generally referred to as the 'First Family Edition' of 1931. Published by A.C. Clayton of St Louis (a company which had never published a book before but printed labels for fancy St Louis shoe companies and for Listerine). Irma Rombauer, fifty-four years old and recently widowed, (her husband committed suicide) sunk half of her inheritance of $6000.oo into a self-published run of 3000 copies of the 1931 edition and gave them out to family, friends and acquaintances. Eventually all 3000 copies were given away or sold. The book was priced at $2.25 with Irma receiving $1.17. Encouraged by the response, Irma Rombauer, in 1936, published the first ‘trade edition’ of 'The Joy of Cooking' with Bobbs-Merrill Company - Indianapolis and New York and being sold for around $3.oo. This is a cookery book that imbibes the definitive American character trait of restless innovation and change. The first chapter after the large early index is titled Cocktails. There one finds unusual items such as a 'Clam Juice Cocktail' (a concoction of seasoned, bottled Clam Broth with Paprika, Horseradish and Tabasaco Sauce). 'Oyster Cocktail with Catsup' follows with 'Shrimp in Grapefruit' following later. The next chapter is Canapes and Sandwiches, with one recipe for 'Pastry Snails'. Irma prefaces this recipe by informing us that "If the approval of guests is to be taken as a criterion of excellence, this is the prize winning Canape". This also highlights another fine American trait; that of generosity. Bearing in mind the date this book was printed, those unusual recipes also sit with other good, well known, early American dishes. If one takes into account that the most recent 'Joy of Cooking' issue celebrating the seventy-fifth anniversary edition, printed Oct. 31st 2006, and numbering a whopping 1,152 pages, proves the enduring affection in which this cookery book is held. If one takes into account the very good accurate recipes of later modern versions and the fact it is one of the longest, continuously printed cookery books, then it must be viewed undoubtedly, as one of the great domestic cookery classics.

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Rombauer.   Irma Starkloff     - A lovely miniature
The Joy of Cooking
by Irma S. Rombauer. Marion Rombauer Becker and Ethan Becker. Illustrated by Laura Hartman Maestro. RUNNING PRESS. PHILADELPHIA. LONDON.
Text block 2 1/2"W x 3"H. Pp. Half title. Title page. 1pp Contents. (6-252) Beautifully bound in full mid-tan calf with gilt borders to boards. With the binding 2 3/4"W x 3 1/4"H x 1 1/2" thick. Spine with raised bands, gilt lines and two labels - one red and one black with gilt lettering. All edges gilt. Internally - as new.
- This little thick tome is an unusual and very handsome edition of "the Joy of Cooking. A Running Press Miniature Edition, copyrighted 1997 by Simon & Schuster Inc. A real collectors item for a miniature or cookery book collection.

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Rombauer.   Irma Starkloff     - The first 1936 'Trade' edition - 1st issue. Rare.
The Joy of Cooking
By IRMA S. ROMBAUER. A Compilation of Reliable Recipes with a Casual Culinary Chat - Illustrations. Marion Rombauer Becker. THE BOBS-MERRILL COMPANY. Publishers. INDIANAPOLIS NEW YORK.
FIRST TRADE EDITION -- 1ST ISSUE. 1936. Pp. 1 fep. Title page. 1pp. Dedication. 1pp. Forward. 4pp. Contents. Half title. (1-628) 2fep. Original blue and cream/light brown multi lined checked cloth boards with black square on the front cover with the book title. Original spine very nicely relaid on blue leather with original book title laid down. Covers very slight fading and browning. Internally very slight age browning, as expected. Overall a very nice solid copy of the very scarce 1936 edition, first issue. NB: Some bibliographers state the first edition - first issue comes only in a yellow checked cover. This is not true. This copy in blue checked cover is the second one seen as well as one with a yellow cover, both true 1st editions, 1st issues with no further issued printing information.
- This edition is generally known as the 'First Trade Edition’ of 1936. Irma Rombauer, recently widowed, (her husband committed suicide) sunk half of her inheritance of $6000.oo into a self-published run of 3000 copies of the 1931 ‘family edition’ of the Joy of Cooking and gave them out to family, friends and acquaintances. Published by A.C. Clayton of St Louis (a company which had never published a book before but printed labels for fancy St Louis shoe companies and for Listerine). Eventually all 3000 copies were given away or sold. Encouraged by the response, Irma Rombauer, on May 1st, 1936, published the first ‘trade edition’ of the Joy of Cooking with Bobbs-Merrill Company - Indianapolis and New York. The larger 1936 edition contained 628 pages and copies published were: 1st printing - 10,000 of which a respectable 6,838 copies sold in the first 6 months. 2nd printing of 1938 – 10,000. 3rd printing of 1939 – 10,000. 4th printing of 1940 – 10,000. 5th printing of 1941 – 10,000. 6th printing of 1941 – 10,000. Between 1936 and the end of 1942 -- 52,151 copies of the first trade edition were sold. The 2nd edition of June 7th 1943 had an increased 884 pages and 167,261 copies were sold. The first trade edition pioneered a new recipe format: first a chronological listing of ingredients and then instruction for preparation, what we now know as 'action format'. Unfortunately, Irma signed a contract which assigned the copyright of both the 1931 and 1936 editions to Bobbs-Merrill, a situation that would in the years to come, badly strain both parties. Anne Mendelson author of 'Stand Facing the Stove' informs; The editions that mark genuine stages of the book's developement are eight in number: the original privately published 'Joy of Cooking' [1931], this Bobbs-Merrill edition [1936] the best-selling wartime edition [1943], the first postwar edition [1946], (actually printed from the 1943 plates with a very few changes), the first Rombauer-Becker edition [1951], the unauthorised edition [1962], the first authorised edition prepared by Irma's daughter, Marion (Rombauer) Becker [1963], and Marion's last revision [1975].

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Savoy Hotel. London.       - Signed by Silvino Trompetto and Anton Adlemann & James Pare.
Food and Drink Book
THE SAVOY FOOD AND DRINK BOOK (With a picture of a Raspberry sorbet in a biscuit tulip 'en cage') PYRAMID
FIRST EDITION 1988. 210x275mm. 1fep with a b/w photo of Escoffier in top hat at an exhibition. On the verso is a photo of a signed drawing of Francoise Latry, the Savoy Maitre Chef de Cuisines, from 1919 to 1924. Also on the page is the the signature of the Executive Chef, James Pare. Half title with a planche with Trompetto’s signature and a photograph of him in the Savoy kitchen. Frontispiece of Richard D’Oyly Carte. Title page with Adelmann’s signature. Verso with ISBN. 1p Contents. Verso with foyer photograph. 7-9 Introduction. 10-36 + (1) One hundred glorious years. Verso with photograph of chefs. (1)40-207. Verso with photograph of barman. (1)210-221 Cocktail recipes with photographs. 222-224 Index. 1fep. D/J in fine condition. With white cloth binding and gilt writing on spine. Also enclosed are seven pages of nicely produced banqueting menus and a 1916 Savoy leaving certificate of a former Sous Chef; A. Cadier. Very fine condition; as new.
- The Savoy Food and Drink Book is a fine testimony to the excellence of its cuisine. From the historical introduction by Kingsley Amis and the twenty-eight pages detailing ‘One Hundred Glorious Years’ we learn that Richard D’Oyly Carte, originally the impresario behind the Savoy Theatre, was making so much money he invested in the building of the Savoy Hotel on land next to the theatre. The hotel opened in August 1889 and D’Oyly Carte then extended his Midas touch by hiring Cesar Ritz and Auguste Escoffier. Within its first year the Savoy was recognised as the standard for all hotels to emulate. Escoffier and Ritz stayed for ten years and then moved to the newly opened Carlton Hotel in 1899. Their noble and distinguished clientele followed them there. The Savoy never lost its true mystique as a great Hotel and institution. It has been a place of meeting and prominence with members of the British establishment since its inception. With every recipe in the book accompanied by a fine coloured photograph one gets an honestly great cookbook. The enclosed ephemera, further enhances; the Private Room menus are from the time of Anton Edlemann’s tenure. The other item of ephemera is a Savoy leaving certificate (written in French!) for Adolphe Cadier who was a Sous Chef from July 1915 to August 1916. Also attached to the certificate is a photograph of Cadier and a copy of a letter from Escoffier to Cadier, ironically written by Escoffier while he was at the Carlton. The book is also unique in having the signatures of three of its maitre-chefs de cuisines; Silvino Trompetto and Anton Adlemann, and the signature of the most recent Executive Chef, James Pare, who finished his tenure there on 24th October 2014. In 1938 Hugh Wontner joined the Savoy hotel group and he became managing director in 1941. Under Wontner's leadership, the Savoy appointed its first British head chef, Silvino Trompetto, who was maître-chef de cuisine from 1965 to 1980. Anton Adlemann came to England from Munich in 1971 and started at the Savoy under Trompetto. When he became maitre-chef, Adelmann oversaw the rebuilding of brand new kitchens at a cost of £3.5 million. Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth visited them on 5th December 1985. Escoffier’s old ovens which had been in continuous use from 1895 to1985, were finally mothballed. The Savoy has a world-wide reputation and a great history. I have tried every recipe when I was in charge of my own kitchens. Every one worked, and produced very good results. Unlike many other cookery books that have recipes incorporated after maybe one trial at most, the Savoy recipes have been tried and tested over many years. This in-house sumptuously produced signed book with added ephemera is a real collector’s item.

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