Ritz and Escoffier

The Hotelier, The Chef, and the Rise of the Leisure Class
Author(s): Luke Barr
Original Publish Date: Apr 03, 2018
eAudio - unabridged
Audio (8.63 hours)
Product Number: Z100127308
Released: Apr 03, 2018
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9780525530985
Narrator/s: Stefan Rudnicki
Publisher: Books on Tape
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In a tale replete with scandal and opulence, Luke Barr, author of the New York Times bestselling Provence, 1970, transports readers to turn-of-the-century London and Paris to discover how celebrated hotelier Cesar Ritz and famed chef Auguste Escoffier joined forces at the Savoy Hotel to spawn the modern luxury hotel and restaurant, where women and American Jews mingled with British high society, signaling a new social order and the rise of the middle class. In early August 1889, Cesar Ritz, a Swiss hotelier highly regarded for his exquisite taste, found himself at the Savoy Hotel in London. He had come at the request of Richard D'Oyly Carte, the financier of Gilbert & Sullivan's comic operas, who had modernized theater and was now looking to create the world's best hotel. D'Oyly Carte soon seduced Ritz to move to London with his team, which included Auguste Escoffier, the chef de cuisine known for his elevated, original dishes. The result was a hotel and restaurant like no one had ever experienced, run in often mysterious and always extravagant ways-which created quite a scandal once exposed. Barr deftly re-creates the thrilling Belle Epoque era just before World War I, when British aristocracy was at its peak, women began dining out unaccompanied by men, and American nouveaux riches and gauche industrialists convened in London to show off their wealth. In their collaboration at the still celebrated Savoy Hotel, where they welcomed loyal and sometimes salacious clients, such as Oscar Wilde and Sarah Bernhardt, Escoffier created the modern kitchen brigade and codified French cuisine for the ages in his seminal Le Guide culinaire, which remains in print today, and Ritz, whose name continues to grace the finest hotels across the world, created the world's first luxury hotel. The pair also ruffled more than a few feathers in the process. Fine dining would never be the same-or more intriguing.

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Author(s): Luke Barr
Product Number EB00707041
Released: Apr 03, 2018
Business Term: 2 Year
Publisher: Clarkson Potter
ISBN: #9780804186308

Professional reviews

"Narrator Stefan Rudnicki's confident delivery and deep voice enrich this account of the two men who rose from humble beginnings to become the last word on elegance and good taste at the turn of the last century. The intertwined stories of CŽsar Ritz, a Swiss hotelier, and Auguste Escoffier, the original French chef, reflect not only the men's hard work and incredible ability to anticipate their clients' every need but also the influence of the nouveaux riches on European upper-class social norms. Much of this dual biography takes place at the London Savoy, where the pair both made their names and weathered scandal. Rudnicki easily handles the many European accents, while adding spark to the men's strong personalities. Get ready to put on the Ritz! C.B.L. © AudioFile 2018, Portland, Maine"

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