I have just ordered a new “used” book from Alibris:Cooking for Kings: The Life of Antonin Carême, the First Celebrity Chef by Ian Kelly, and I cannot wait for it to appear in my mailbox. Antonin Carême was the first celebrity chef to make his mark as a major international figure in cuisine. A man from humble origins, who unfortunately did not live long (he died before reaching the age of 50), he attained the kind of fame reserved for only a select and talented few. Some of his spun sugar concoctions were so strong that court jesters could dance on them. According to Montagne, nothing was more important to this chef than his art – not money, not fame – and thus he set a standard for chefs and the culinary world for generations.
Read more about this extraordinary chef in the following links. There will be more to come after I receive my new book!
- Marie-Antoine (Antonin) Carême: Wikipedia
- Biography of Famous Chefs: Antonin Carême
- The Age of Carême: All Manners of Food, Google Book