Memories of My Life captures the passion and vision of the legendary Auguste Escoffier Here for the first time in English is the life, the philosophy, and the art of Escoffier as he recorded it Faithfully translated by his great granddaughter in law, Laurence Escoffier, the text eloquently communicates the warm sensibilities of Escoffier, a man who spoke of menus as poMemories of My Life captures the passion and vision of the legendary Auguste Escoffier Here for the first time in English is the life, the philosophy, and the art of Escoffier as he recorded it Faithfully translated by his great granddaughter in law, Laurence Escoffier, the text eloquently communicates the warm sensibilities of Escoffier, a man who spoke of menus as poems Here, we meet a young Auguste who wanted to be a sculptor, but was forced to apprentice in his uncle s restaurant at a time when high society held little esteem for the profession of cook We then follow Auguste Escoffier, year by year, through an inspired life that would forever change the job status of chef, not just for himself, but for every chef who followed Escoffier s great love of food and culinary art glows from every page of his memoirs, creating a sensory feast for serious gourmands and professionals Here, Escoffier intimately describes dishes, presentations, and original recipes We are present as Escoffier creates the famed Peche Melba and offers it in tribute to the great diva, Nellie Melba, served in a silver bowl encrusted between the wings of a majestic ice swan From a whimsical Red Dinner created to celebrate Monte Carlo roulette winnings to the coronation dinner for His Majesty Edward VII, King of England, Escoffier s passion shines through the details tables smothered in red rose petals, the meticulous choreography of properly serving La Poularde Sainte Alliance, his cherished secret recipe for Grenouilles Cardinalisees In addition to Escoffier s original memoirs, this collector s gem includes historical highlights throughout the text photographs illustrating Escoffier s world and original menus and recipes a glossary of French culinary terms and a concurrent timeline of Escoffier s career and world and American historical events.
Auguste Escoffier Memories of My Life Memories of My Life captures the passion and vision of the legendary Auguste Escoffier Here for the first time in English is the life the philosophy and the art of Escoffier as he recorded it Faithf
The world lost a great man when Escoffier died What a truly unbelievable man He had a humility and grace that is rarely seen in people He was wildy talented I thoroughly enjoyed this book.if you are a serious cook, this is well worth reading From the book, one of Escoffier s earliest memories cooking This is an excerpt from when Escoffier was about 10 yrs old Crouched in front of the fire, I pulled a small quantity of glowing embers onto the hearthstone and used the fire tongs to toast two slice [...]
This was really a lot interesting than I thought it would be I had no idea Escoffier was chef for French officers during the Franco Prussian War, and his adaptability to any situation and craftiness about getting provisions during wartime are pretty incredible The memoir also shows how much of a professional he was beyond just being an amazing chef His attention to detail in kitchen design and his progressive ideas about how to treat employees were both ahead of their time.
First off, let me say that this ISN T a cookbook though it does have several recipes contained in the text.What it is is the autobiography of world renowned Chef Auguste Escoffier, the Chef who revolutionized the way modern cooking would become in the early to mid 20th Century From his meager beginnings in his Uncle s restaurant in Nice to the hotel kitchens he managed in the late 1800s to early 1900s, Escoffier describes in detail what it was like to be the man who he became His detailed descri [...]
More of a collection of vignettes than a continuous memoir, this English translation of Escoffier s notes and musings provides a charming glimpse into the famed chef s early career Included are some notable menus and a few recipes of the chef s creations, deemed by Escoffier as his most important dishes A few menus typical of the turn of the century style are presented in stunning color images, showcasing the superb attention to detail by the leading restaurants.Tales of Escoffier s early career [...]