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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (493 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Nicole Mary Kelby, N. M. Kelby Narrator: Nicole Mary Kelby, N. M. Kelby Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2011 ISBN: 9780307970336
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A breathtaking novel, rare and moving, about the world's greatest chef and his unruly heart.

 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 ever to 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 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.


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Quotes & Awards

  • “Through rich description based on careful research, Kelby offers intriguing possibilities regarding the life of the great Escoffier and gives us a novel well worth reading.”

    Library Journal

  • Selected for the November 2011 Indie Next List

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bobbi | 2/16/2014

    " Loved the story...some good recipes too! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather | 2/4/2014

    " Really enjoyed the history in this book and the information about cooking, but the characters and plot development fell short for me. I just wanted more about the relationship between Delphine and Escoffier. Loved the imaginative way that the story was told, but it might have been a bit of a hinderance since you don't get quite enough character development and story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 1/28/2014

    " I thought this was a great read. Based on a real man, Escoffier, a master chef who revolutionized food and dining in the early part of the century. The author took a few details known about his life and created a story filled with love, regret, and of course amazing food. I seriously loved the passion he had for food and wished I could have sat down to a meal or two created by him. Loved how the story was told through flashbacks as Escoffier knows he is close to death-it adds a depth of sadness and regret for poor choices he made throughout his life. Thanks for the recommendation, Nat! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ron | 1/21/2014

    " Good novel based on the later years of Auguste Escoffier. However, the writing is sometimes hackneyed and ham-fisted. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ariste Egan | 1/17/2014

    " Beautifully written. I didn't want the story to end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mehrunnisa | 1/7/2014

    " the writing can come across as flowery but fortunately for the writer she has great control over her pen. it's a fascinating fictional love story weaving the themes of love, betrayal and disappointment. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leesteffy | 1/6/2014

    " I loved the food parts of this book. The storyline itself was ok. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mamabee | 12/29/2013

    " Yes, I love food. I also love history. Combine the two with some twists of fiction and its luscious. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David | 12/12/2013

    " A novel about the life and times of the great Chef Auguste Escoffier told in flashbacks at the end of his life. I loved this book. Who would have imagined a book about a Chef would touch the heart as this one does? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sara Pauff | 12/3/2013

    " A good book for foodies or historical fiction fans that's full of the lush descriptions of elaborate menus expected in a story about a famous chef. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rebecca | 12/1/2013

    " I would actually give this book 3.5 stars if I could. Caution this book will make you hungry...... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Robin | 11/24/2013

    " This book is making me hungry! Must read on a full stomach! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nmsbay | 8/24/2013

    " I had never heard of the famous and passionate chef Escoffier before. Every foodie should read this! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katherine Blankenship | 7/9/2012

    " I really enjoyed this book! The characters fit into the plot and it had great closure at the end. The writing style was a little different but I think it added to the book's flow. Be warned: don't read this book if you are hungry! I ended up snacking the entire time I was reading! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Krenner1 | 6/30/2012

    " Lovely, literary historical fiction about the famous chef Escoffier. Food descriptions are basted with sensuality. A talented writer! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Susie Kling | 12/17/2011

    " fictional story of French chef Auguste Escoffier. A little long winded but I kept reading. I would love to eat some of the dishes he created. But then there were others not so much. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carmen | 10/29/2011

    " Escoffier, one of the finest chefs ever, is the main character in this story. It is about his life, his loves, his wife and his obsession with the great Sarah Bernhardt. It took me quite a few pages to get into it, never a good sign. I did enjoy reading all the food descriptions though. "

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About the Author

Nicole Mary Kelby is the critically acclaimed author of White Truffles in Winter, In the Company of AngelsWhale Season, The Pink Suit, and the Florida Book Award winner A Travel Guide for Reckless Hearts, among other works. She lives in Saint Paul.