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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: N. M. Kelby, Nicole Mary Kelby Narrator: Nicole Mary Kelby Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by Ron | 1/21/2014

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

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