Illustrated, with a guarded full page engraved plate of the Author as the frontispiece. The printed Title Page; followed by a printed dedication to 'His Royal Highness The Duke of Cambridge'. A full page b/w engraving - referred to in the 'Illustration' list as an 'Emblematic Woodcut', by Barff Tucker and engraved by J. Walmsley. Also with 2 large folding plates of the Kitchen of the Reform Club and Bouquet de Givier; 1 plate of the Kitchen at Home; 7 pp full page b/w engravings; 18 pp Table of Contents and Single page Advert for 'Soyer's Diamond Sauce' ; Portrait of Madame Soyer; 1-6 pp Biography of Soyer; 7-24 pp. Opinions of the Presses; 25- 28 pp. Ad from the Times, Ad for Jelly and Powders and Herbs, Soyer’s Model Kitchen, Soyer’s Parochial Model Kitchen; A large Fold-out of Soyer’s Miniature Marine Kitchen; 29-30 Miniature Kitchen for the Navy. 8vo, in the publisher's original brick cloth, blind-stamped on the boards and with gilt lettering to the spine and front cover. (xxxx), 720 pp. An unusually fine copy, beautifully preserved and very unusual thus. AN UNUSUALLY FINE COPY OF THIS CLASSIC WORK. Soyer brought cooking with gas to a popular station and provided classical recipes that still are useful today. Soyer's book remains one of the most collectable of all culinary books printed in England. 'Soyer was a French chef who became the most celebrated cook in Victorian England and was arguably the first celebrity chef. He also tried to alleviate suffering of the Irish poor in the Great Irish Famine (1845–1849), and improve the food provided to British soldiers in the Crimean War. He invented a soup kitchen and was asked by the Government to go to Ireland to implement his idea. This was opened in Dublin and his "famine soup" was served to thousands of the poor for free. While in Ireland he wrote Soyer's Charitable Cookery. He gave the proceeds of the book to various charities. He also opened an art gallery in London, and donated the entrance fees to charity to feed the poor. He instituted 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 for conducted tours. In 1849 Soyer began to market his "magic stove" which allowed people to cook food wherever they were. It was designed to be a tabletop stove. Bookseller Inventory #
Title: GASTRONOMIC REGENERATOR: a Simplified and ...
Publisher: London Simpkin, Marshall & Co. 1850
Book Description Simpkin, Marshall, & Co., London, 1847. Hardcover. Condition: Very good. Fourth edition. Octavo, original brown ribbed cloth with blind-stamped cover ornaments, gilt title; xl, 720, 17, 24,  pp., frontispiece portrait of the author, full-page "Emblematic Woodcut" frontispiece, several engravings in the text, folding wood engraving "Bouquet de Gibier" (not on the Engravings list on p. xl), many other plates as listed. In the third paginated section at rear is found a folding menu printed on blue paper for a "Dinner for One Hundred and Fifty, Given to His Highness Ibrahim Pacha, by Members of the Reform Club, July 3rd, 1846." Spine slightly faded, minor wear top spine ends, engraved portrait plates of author and Madame Soyer foxed, else very good French born and trained, the innovative and influential chef Alexis Benoit Soyer (1810-1858) arrived in England in 1830 to join his brother Phillipe on the household staff of the Duke of Cambridge. By 1837 he was chef de cuisine at London's Reform Club. Author of several books on food and cooking and inventor of several innovative kitchen apparatus. His wife, Elizabeth Emma Jones (1813-1842) was an accomplished artist. The portrait engravings in this volume are from her paintings. Bitting p. 443; Cagle 1003, Oxford p. 176. Seller Inventory # 21418