This is a different kind of story-telling. Based on the life of Auguste Escoffier, the famed French chef, this novel is a work of mostly fiction powdered with fact here and there. True are all references to his professional life, to his recipes and books to the ones he loved but not so with the details of his relationships to the women in his life. The author has given herself license to imagine the great chef in his intimate relationships and it makes this book a treat, if you are willing to suspend disbelief.
Sarah Bernhardt, Paris, London, The Savoy, The Ritz, Monaco, the great war, the Impressionists, these are just a few of the ingredients that make this recipe an enticing one.
This novel is sensual, delicious, a treat for any foodie or francophile.
Bonsoir et bonne lecture