Item #05754 Soyer's Culinary Campaign. Being historical reminiscences of the late war. Alexis SOYER.
Soyer's Culinary Campaign. Being historical reminiscences of the late war.
Soyer's Culinary Campaign. Being historical reminiscences of the late war.
Soyer's Culinary Campaign. Being historical reminiscences of the late war.
Soyer's Culinary Campaign. Being historical reminiscences of the late war.
Soyer's Culinary Campaign. Being historical reminiscences of the late war.
Soyer's Culinary Campaign. Being historical reminiscences of the late war.
Soyer's Culinary Campaign. Being historical reminiscences of the late war.
Soyer's Culinary Campaign. Being historical reminiscences of the late war.
Soyer's Culinary Campaign. Being historical reminiscences of the late war.

Soyer's Culinary Campaign. Being historical reminiscences of the late war.

London: G. Routledge & Co.,, 1857. Item #05754

The French Chef who worked with Florence Nightingale

SOYER, Alexis. Soyer's Culinary Campaign. Being historical reminiscences of the late war. With the plain art of cookery for military and civil institutions, the army, navy, public, etc. etc. London: G. Routledge & Co., 1857.

First edition. Small octavo (7 1/4 x 4 5/8 inches) 184 x 117 mm.). viii, [1]-597, [1, imprint], [2, advertisements] pp. Engraved portrait frontispiece, engraved pictorial title and seven wood engraved plates by Henry George Hine. Nine wood engraved illustrations in the text.

Rebound ca, 1960 in full blue cloth, spine ruled and lettered in gilt, yellow coated endpapers. Rear paste-down with the small label of Cooks Books, Rottingdean, Sussex, England who in 1985 published a facsimile edition of Memoirs of Soyer A large number of new recipes. [The Memoirs of Chef Alexis Soyer as compiled and edited by his secretaries].

An excellent example.

Soyer's famous work on military cooking in which he outlines numerous advancements in culinary science required in the difficult circumstances of war. Soyer wrote this work having recently returned from the Crimea.

Alexis Benoît Soyer (1810-1858) was a French chef, writer and inventor who made his reputation in Victorian England. He designed the kitchens at the Reform Club with British architect Charles Barry, and introduced many innovations including cooking with gas, refrigerators cooled by cold water, and ovens with adjustable temperatures. His kitchens were so famous that they were opened to the public for conducted tours. He became a well-known author of cookery books, aimed variously at the grand kitchens of the aristocracy, at middle-class households, and at the poorest families, whose diet he strove to improve. He took a keen interest in public health, and when the Irish potato famine struck in the 1840s he went to Dublin and set up a soup kitchen that could feed 1,000 people an hour; he published recipes for inexpensive and nutritious food and developed cheaper alternatives to bread. He left the Reform Club in 1850 and tried to establish himself independently, but his venture failed and lost him a great deal of money. During the Crimean War, reports reached London of the appalling privations endured by British soldiers, with disease rife and food inadequate. At the request of the British government Soyer traveled to the Crimea in 1855 and worked with the nursing pioneer Florence Nightingale to improve conditions for the troops. He ensured that in all parts of the army there were nominated cooks, useful recipes, and the means to cook food properly in particular, the portable Soyer stove which he invented and which remained in army use, with modifications, for more than a century. In the Crimea, Soyer became seriously ill; he never fully recovered his health. A little over a year after his return to London in 1857, he died of a stroke.

Bitting, p. 444; Cagle 1008.

Price: $350.00

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