Dad of Divas' Reviews: Book Review - White Truffles in Winter

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Book Review - White Truffles in Winter

About the Book
White Truffles in Winter imagines the world of the remarkable French chef Auguste Escoffier (1846-1935), who changed how we eat through his legendary restaurants at the Savoy and the Ritz. A man of contradictions—kind yet imperious, food-obsessed yet rarely hungry—Escoffier was also torn between two women: the famous, beautiful, and reckless actress Sarah Bernhardt and his wife, the independent and sublime poet Delphine Daffis, who refused to ever leave Monte Carlo. In the last year of Escoffier's life, in the middle of writing his memoirs, he has returned to Delphine, who requests a dish in her name as he has honored Bernhardt, Queen Victoria, and so many others. How does one define the complexity of love on a single plate? N. M. Kelby brings us the sensuality of food and love amid a world on the verge of war in this work that shimmers with beauty and longing.

About the Author
N. M. Kelby is the critically acclaimed author of In the Company of Angels, Whale Season, and the Florida Book Award winner A Travel Guide for Reckless Hearts, among others. She lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

My Take on the Book
In this book you are transported into a world that is so real and seeing that three of the main characters were, you have to sometimes remind yourself that this is in fact a book that is a work of fiction. In reading this book I was happy to find that the author did a remarkable job at capturing the era in which she was writing. She took bit of real life and embellished it into a world and a story in which you can't help to keep reading.

After reading this book I decided to do a bit more in depth research myself on the French chef Auguste Escoffier and was surprised to see some names of food dishes that he invented that are still around today.

All-in-all this was a great book that I would highly recommend for a book that will truly transport you and allow you to forget yourself for a while!

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