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SOYER, Monsieur A[lexis].
The Gastronomic Regenerator: A Simplified and Entirely New System of Cookery, With Nearly Two Thousand Practical Receipts Suited to the Income of All Classes.

Illustrated With Numerous Engravings and Correct and Minute Plans How Kitchens of Every Size, From the Kitchen of a Royal Palace to That of the Humble Cottage, Are to be Constructed and Furnished.

pp. xxxix, (i), xxxix, (i), 720, 18 Table of Contents, 30 Advertisements. Engraved portraits of Soyer and Mrs. Soyer, additional engraved title, 13 engraved plates [3 folding], numerous text woodcuts including full-page kitchen plans. Original blind-decorated cloth, spine faded, a little worn at the ends and splitting at one side of the head, portraits and folding plates foxed, the occasional spot elsewhere but text clean, joints firm, a good copy.

*Soyer (1809-1858) French born and educated, left France for London at the revolution in 1830. Following a number of appointments in aristocratic houses, he was given the position of chef at the Reform Club and on the day of the coronation of Victoria in 1838, prepared a breakfast for two thousand people. In 1847 his sympathies were aroused by the famine in Ireland and having written extensively to the papers on the subject, he was appointed by the government to oversee soup kitchens in Dublin. He did this with great economy and efficiency and published his account in 'Soyer's Charitable Cookery, or The Poor Man's Regenerator', giving part of the profits to charity. On the basis of this experience, he went at his own expense to the Crimea and completely reorganised the diets and kitchens of the military hospitals and the army. He was also a creative mechanic, inventing new stoves and cooking apparatus, such as the Scutari Tea-Pot. Back in England, he gave lectures on cooking for the army and navy, designed a cooking wagon for the former and a miniature kitchen for naval vessels [illustrated and described in the above], reformed the dietary of the emigration commissioners and military hospitals and erected a model kitchen in Wellington Barracks. Despite this energy and creativity, his restaurant venture in Kensington Gore, London, opened in 1851 to coincide with the Great Exhibition, was a financial failure with debts of £7000. His English wife, Emma, whom he married in 1837, was a very successful genre painter; she died in premature labour in 1842, her portrait and eulogy are appended to the above. Both Soyers are buried in Kensal Green Cemetary.

Simpkin, Marshall. London.

Date Published: 1852. Eighth edition.

Stock No. 52892

Price: 350.00