Excerpt from Valuable Cooking ReceiptsLike all men who have made this art a study, he has aimed to so construct his formulas as to ward off indigestion and dyspepsia. Apropos at this point is a story illustrating the philanthropy of that prince ofMoreExcerpt from Valuable Cooking ReceiptsLike all men who have made this art a study, he has aimed to so construct his formulas as to ward off indigestion and dyspepsia. Apropos at this point is a story illustrating the philanthropy of that prince of French chefs, Careme. Meeting one day a woman bitterly weeping at the door of a wine-shop, his commiserating question was answered by saying her husband was within- all his earnings were spent there and his family left to starve.
Close questioning revealed the fact that the culprit liked good living, and that the wife condemned him to boiled beef every day. No man cares to go abroad, said Careme reproachfully, for a bad meal, if his wife can cook him a good one, particularly if a silversmith and earning money. Careme visited the house the next morning, and ordered a silver cup to be repaired, and, while waiting for its completion, offered to cook his own breakfast, which the man and wife shared.
It was woodcock cooked in a way to electrify an Apicius. Careme called again for his cup with some wild duck. Meantime, the wife made rapid progress in the chefs art. The husband ceased wasting his money. The delicate fare improved his intellect- he became an artist in his trade, and finally one day Careme received a box containing a silver woodcock exquisitely carved, carrying in its beak a tiny silver cup, with the inscription, To Careme, from a friend who was saved by good cooking.About the PublisherForgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books.
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