Le Maitre d'hotel Francaise
2 VOLUMES -- LA MAITRE-D'HOTEL FRANCAIS, TRAITE DES MENUS A SERVIR A PARIS, A ST-PETERSBOURG, A LONDRES ET A VIENNE; PAR ANTONIN CAREME, auteur du Patissier Royal Parisien, - du Patissier Pittoresque, du Cuisinier Royal Parisien et de l'Art de la Cuisine Francaise au xix seicle. NOUVELLE EDITION. REVUE, CORRIGEE ET AUGMENTEE. TOME PREMIER. PARIS. Au depot principal, rue Therese, 11: ET CHEZ MM. J. RENOUARD et Cie, libraiares, 8 rue de Tournon. MAISON,, libraire, 29, quai des Augustins. MANSUT,libraire, 30, place St-Andre-des-Arts. DAUVIN et FONTAINE, libr, pass des Panorams. TRESSE, libraire, galerie de Chartres. DENTU, libraire, Palais-Royal. A LONDRES, CHEZ W. JEFFS, 15 BURLINGTON-ARCADE. 1842. TOME SECOND - (identical title page) 1842.
8vo. Volume 1. 1fep. Engraved frontispiece of two Chefs in uniform of a design by Careme. . Engraved Title page designed by Careme. Title-page.  3pp. Dedication.  IX-XI Notice De M. le Marquis de Cussy.  1-4pp. Avant-Propos. 5-352. 12 folding printed menus. 2 very large folding plates. 1fep. Volume 2. 1fep. half-title. Title page.  1-282. 13 folding printed menus. 4 long folding plates of table settings. 2 large folding plates of Grand Buffets de la Cuisine Moderne. 1fep. Both volumes with dark tan spines with gilt lines and lettering, Also with brown marbled boards. Pastedown and end-papers marbled. Text and pages very clean. A very scarce item, especially in this condition.
- This is the second edition of 1842. The first edition was 1822. La Maitre d'Hotel Francaise is a fascinating and unusual cookery book. It describes the hundreds of menus he created and cooked in the capitals of Europe including many of his trademark lavish Buffets. The work is a testament to his monumental talent and shows a career that really took off when he left Talleyrand's service in 1815 to go and work in Brighton for the Prince Regent and after for Tsar Alexander followed by a time in Paris as Chef to the British Ambassador. Careme was among other things a self-taught artist and all the plates in these volumes are from his designs. (Maggs Bros Cat.1374.)
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