White Truffles in Winter

White Truffles in Winter

A Novel

Book - 2012
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A reimagining of the world of the remarkable French chef Auguste Escoffier. A man of contradictions, food-obsessed yet rarely hungry, Escoffier was also torn between two women: the famous, beautiful, and reckless actress Sarah Bernhardt and his wife, the independent and sublime poet Delphine Daffis, who refused ever to leave Monte Carlo. A novel of the sensuality of food and love amid a world on the verge of war.
Publisher: New York : W. W. Norton & Co., c2012.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780393079999
Branch Call Number: FICTION Kelby N.M. 11/2011
Characteristics: 334 p. ;,25 cm.


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Dec 09, 2011

Although fiction, local writer Kelby's book, evokes a time, place and quality of life in the extravagant Belle Epoch, then onward to the years before WWII, through the eyes of renowned chef Escoffier and his circle of family and friends. Her imagining of the characters, their passions, fears, dreams and dreams denied is wonderful. And the food, it's foodie heaven, although maybe better to read about than eat the rich offerings described.

My fault with the book is that the principal characters, Escoffier, his wife and his longtime love actress Sarah Bernhardt inspired little sympathy. On the other hand, the family's cook Sabine just lights up the entire book whenever she enters the scene!


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