What a month of discussion it has been! We have spent November immersed in turn of the 20th century London, Paris and Monte Carlo getting to know Escoffier, his wife Delphine, Sarah Bernhardt, and a cast of other characters who cook, eat, love, and are all too fallible—which is what makes them come alive in the pages of this book.
White Truffles in Winter is a lush book, full of phrases so beautiful that I had to stop reading for a moment and just savor them. And the food! Many crustaceans lost their lives in this story, but the descriptions of the food, from aligot (mashed potatoes with cheese) to Cherries Jubilee are truly mouthwatering. I look forward to trying a few of Escoffier’s recipes soon.
Of course, having the author’s participation added extra sparkle to the Twitter discussion in November. There were many other participants who offered thoughtful, insightful, or just plain funny Tweets as well. Amongst my favorites: our attempt to enumerate the six hundred ways Escoffier could cook an egg (we barely came up with a dozen), and the Silence of the Lambs tangent. It’s a pleasure reading and discussing with all of you!
Our Next Book
December’s book choice is Toast by Nigel Slater. This book is very different from White Truffles in Winter, but we think it will be just as much fun to read and discuss.
December 1st-7th: Discuss Chapters Toast 1-Jelly 1 (pp 1-57)
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