THE PASSIONATE EPICURE by Marcel Rouff

THE PASSIONATE EPICURE

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A preface by Lawrence Durrell- and illustrations by Charles Mozley set off this introduction to Monsieur Dodin-Bouffant who now joins the proud lineage of Tartarin and Falstaff, and more than fills the pages of this small book. A prodigious presence in his native village in the Jura, Dodin-Bouffant is the apotheosis of the great French tradition and dedicates himself to the ineffable refinements and inflexible strictures of gastronomy: ""a choice work which demands much love"". Through him is shared the loss of his incomparable, and seemingly irreplaceable, cook Eugenie; the select circle of his disciples to which the local librarian, after authoring a superb dish, is admitted; the savory pleasures of the meal he serves to a Prince of Eurasia; the eventual replacement of Eugenie, by Adele Pidou, whom he must marry as a price for her continuing cuisine; the coup de grace of a diet, and the of travelling among the But, he returns from his ""gehenna"", in Germany, determined to take up ""the good life"" and the good cookery of the past.... For all its deliberate rodomontage, this sits as lightly as a and provides a kind of gourmet entertainment.

Publisher: Dutton