London: Simpkin, Marshall, & Co. 1847. Fourth edition. Hardcover. Octavo, original brown ribbed cloth with blind-stamped cover ornaments, gilt title; xl, 720, 17, 24,  pp., frontispiece portrait of the author, full-page "Emblematic Woodcut" frontispiece, several engravings in the text, folding wood engraving "Bouquet de Gibier" (not on the Engravings list on p. xl), many other plates as listed. In the third paginated section at rear is found a folding menu printed on blue paper for a "Dinner for One Hundred and Fifty, Given to His Highness Ibrahim Pacha, by Members of the Reform Club, July 3rd, 1846." Spine slightly faded, minor wear top spine ends, engraved portrait plates of author and Madame Soyer foxed, else very good. Very good. Item #21418
French born and trained, the innovative and influential chef Alexis Benoit Soyer (1810-1858) arrived in England in 1830 to join his brother Phillipe on the household staff of the Duke of Cambridge. By 1837 he was chef de cuisine at London's Reform Club. Author of several books on food and cooking and inventor of several innovative kitchen apparatus. His wife, Elizabeth Emma Jones (1813-1842) was an accomplished artist. The portrait engravings in this volume are from her paintings. Bitting p. 443; Cagle 1003, Oxford p. 176.