White Truffles in Winter
“(A book) to carry you away.”–Good Housekeeping
“Wondrous Winter Read.”–Real Simple
A breathtaking novel, rare and moving, about the world’s greatest chef and his unruly heart. White Truffles in Winter imagines the world of the remarkable French chef Auguste Escoffier, (1846–1935) who changed how we eat through his legendary restaurants at The Savoy and The Ritz. A man of contradictions—kind yet imperious, food-obsessed yet rarely hungry—Escoffier was also torn between two women: the famous, beautiful, and reckless actress Sarah Bernhardt; and his wife, the independent and sublime poet Delphine Daffis who refused to ever leave Monte Carlo. Set in the last year of Escoffier’s life, in the middle of writing his memoirs, he has returned to Delphine, who requests a dish in her name as he has honored Bernhardt, Queen Victoria, and many others. How does one define the complexity of love on a single plate? Kelby brings us the sensuality of food and love amid a world on the verge of war in this work that shimmers with beauty and longing.
“Can’t get enough.”–National Geographic Traveler
“A wonderful, unforgettable read” –New Books Magazine
“Through rich description based on careful research, Kelby offers intriguing possibilities regarding the life of the great Escoffier and gives us a novel well worth reading.” –Library Journal
“Readers are left dizzied but alert to a tantalizing swirl of the senses.”–BookPage (Fiction Pick of November)
“The sensuality of food-centered seductions beats even the famous scene from Tom Jones....lusciously rich as the truffles and foie gras that dominate Escoffier’s recipes.”–Kirkus
“The descriptions of the food are amazing, beautifully detailed and evocative. It is a little slice of food history, wrapped up in a story of love and desire, ambition and creativity.” –Waterstones
“The human appetite for love, for life, for food is so beautifully delicious it makes one weep.”–St. Petersburg Times.
•W.W.Norton, US & Canada •Sperling & Kupfer’s Frassinelli imprint, Italy •Alma, UK•Bloomsbury in Australia, India and New Zealand•Skolska Knijga, Croatia•Eksmo, Russia•Juritzen Forlag, Norway•Liternova of Znak, Poland•Kragozor, Bulgaria•Audio by Random House and recorded by the author.