Dubois, Urbain (1818 - 1901): La Cuisine Classique
mod. hand col. steel engraved prints; page size 30 x 23 cm; exc. cond.
Beautifully coloured prints of food presentation by Urbain Dubois who was a French chef, best known as the author of a series of recipe books that became classics of French Cuisine.
Dubois was the son of a French master weaver who trained as a chef by working in the kitchen of his uncle's hotel. In 1840, Dubois moved to Paris but in around 1845, he started to travel, working as a chef in several countries in central Europe before becoming chef to Prince Alexey Orlov, an ambassador for Nicholas I of Russia. In 1860, he became chef in Berlin to the Prince regent, William of Prussia. At the start of the Franco-Prussian War in 1870, he returned briefly to France but after the peace treaty, in March 1871, he went back to his position of head chef with the Hohenzollern family which he shared with his compatriot, Émile Bernard, with each being responsible for the cooking on alternate months. This arrangement gave Dubois time for writing. He remained in Berlin until 1880.