Relish : the extraordinary life of Alexis Soyer Victorian Celebrity Chef

By: Cowen, Ruth

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Rarely has a man defined the spirit of an age as well as Alexis Soyer. A celebrity chef, bestselling author, entrepreneur, inventor, and Crimean war hero, Soyer built the world famous kitchens of London's Reform Club and filled them with such ingenious inventions as the gas stove and steam lifts. In the 1840s he established soup kitchens during the Irish potato famine--a revolutionary concept at the time--and in the following decade risked his life by traveling to the Russian peninsula to reform army catering for the troops, saving thousands of soldiers from the effects of malnutrition. But Soyer--in the spirit of his age--was also a secret womanizer, near bankrupt, and an alcoholic. Despite the fame of his lifetime, Soyer dropped completely from the public eye after his untimely death. His friend Florence Nightingale, never one to praise lightly, wrote that his passing was "a great disaster for the nation." Despite making several fortunes Soyer died penniless. His personal papers were destroyed, his funeral a hushed-up affair, and today his grave lies neglected and rotting. This is the story of one of the Victorian age's most favored--and soon forgotten--shining stars.

Title: Relish : the extraordinary life of Alexis Soyer Victorian Celebrity Chef

Author Name: Cowen, Ruth

Categories: Biography, Autobiography, Memoirs, Food, recipes, Cookbooks,

Publisher: London, Phoenix: 2006

ISBN Number: 0753821966

ISBN Number 13: 9780753821961

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition: Nr. Fine

Seller ID: 028008

Description: "Before Ramsay, Rhodes or Oliver there was Alexis Soyer: best-selling author, entrepreneur, inventor, philanthropist, secret bigamist and colleague of Florence Nightingale." A very good unmarked copy.

Keywords: food, Cooking, Biography,