The People's Chef: Alexis Soyer : a Life in Seven Courses

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John Wiley, 2004 - Cookery - 320 pages
The extraordinary life of the first celebrity chef, Alexis Soyer, who was the toast of London society in the 19th century. During the first half of the nineteenth century, Alexis Soyer, a Frenchman, was the most famous cook -- and one of the most famous men -- in London.

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THE PEOPLE'S CHEF: The Culinary Revolutions of Alexis Soyer

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Brandon serves up the life story of a man who changed the way rich and poor ate.Alexis Soyer cooked for 19th-century England. Moving from France to Blighty as a young man, he cooked at Aston Hall and ... Read full review

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From his humble beginnings as a poor, unconnected undercook in Paris to his meteoric rise to fame as chef of the Reform Club in London in the mid-1800s, the flamboyant Alexis Soyer, whose ideas on ... Read full review


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Ruth Brandon is a historian, biographer and novelist, who uses biography to look at particular topics through individual lives. Her books have ranged from detective stories to non fiction but all explore the reasons why people think and act in the way that they do at a particular moment. Her previous books include Singer and the Sewing Machine: a Capitalist Romance , The Dollar Princesses , The Spiritualists , The New Women and the Old Men , The Life and Many Deaths of Harry Houdini , Surreal Lives , Tickling the Dragon , The Uncertainty Principle and Automobile . Prior to finding her natural medium in books, Ruth worked as a television and radio producer with the BBC and subsequently as a freelance journalist. She was educated at Girton College, Cambridge.

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