Perhaps the first celebrity chef, Alexis Soyer (1810 58) was a
flamboyant, larger-than-life character who nonetheless took his
profession very seriously. As the chef of London's Reform Club, he
modernised its kitchens, installing refrigerators and gas cookers.
They became something of a showpiece, even opening for tours. In
contrast, Soyer also organised soup kitchens during the Great
Famine in Ireland and volunteered his services in the Crimea in
1855 to improve military catering. He was also a prolific inventor
of kitchen gadgets, notably promoting the Magic Stove, used for
cooking food at the table. This work, first published in 1849, was
aimed at the middle classes. Conceived as a dialogue between two
housewives, it contains hundreds of recipes and tips, giving modern
readers a rich insight into household management of the time. Also
reissued in this series are Soyer's Gastronomic Regenerator (1846)
and Culinary Campaign (1857)."
Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
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||Cambridge Library Collection - British and Irish History, 19th Century
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