A great feast of a novel based on facts (and rumors) about Auguste Escoffier. Romantic and detailed, the story follows the great chef who changed the course of culinary history, as he cooked and schemed his way through a tempestuous Europe between the two World Wars. Larger than life famous characters, who sparkled and flared at the time, provide a wonderful amuse bouche and champagne bubbles for the mind in nearly every chapter. — Karen Frank
“This richly layered novel is based on the life of legendary chef Auguste Escoffier, who popularized French cooking methods at his restaurants at The Savoy and The Ritz at the beginning of the 20th century. Escoffier's love for two women: the beautiful, iconic actress Sarah Bernhardt and his lovely, poetess wife, Delphine Daffis, is at the heart of this complex tale. The characters are vivid and the food -- oh, the food -- is delicious!”
— Erica Caldwell, Present Tense, Batavia, NY
Auguste Escoffier (1846-1935) was the renowned French chef and restaurateur who gave birth to the way we eat today. The heart of Escoffier's story, however, lies in his love for two very different women: the beautiful, reckless actress Sarah Bernhardt and his wife, the poet Delphine Daffis. This lushly imagined novel transports us into Escoffier's private world, weaving a sensual tale of food and longing, war and romance.