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High Bonnet: A Novel of Epicurean Adventures

3.6  ·  Rating details ·  58 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
The chef's towering white toque, the high bonnet, is the mark of achievement to which every young sauce-stirrer aspires. Idwal Jones's urbane novel follows the young provincial Jean as he attempts to master culinary art at the hands of Paris's most distinguished chefs. Jean will win his high bonnet and the royal bearing that accompanies it - but not until he's had many out ...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published June 26th 2001 by Modern Library (first published 2001)
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Mar 16, 2010 added it
Entertaining but rather wordy book. (I can't remember when I last had to use a dictionary so much while reading a book.) It has wonderful descriptions of food and restaurant kitchens.
Jul 30, 2017 rated it liked it
great descriptions of food. Good use of language. But really a boring novel.
Kat Kiddles
May 14, 2011 rated it liked it
Whittling 8 down to 5…I propose that the top 5 quotes from this book are:

5. “Into the Rue Mouffetard we entered. Its air sparkled with frost under a chill and blue December sky. A week of mild heat and nights of plumping rain in Brittany had garnished the stalls with the splendor of early vegetables: hampers of endives, truffles, mushrooms, and cress; a plentitude of herbs; and crates of geese so fat that ancient kitcheners leaning on sticks, dewdrop on nose and coat collars turned up, gazed at
Dec 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Reads like a memoir, this a first person fiction made up of a number of stories regarding a chef's rise through the ranks of classical French restaurants, and his eating experiences, between the wars. Published in 1945, the chef "escapes" to Spain - except they are in the middle of their war, and WWII has not started yet. ??????

Regardless, just loved this short book. Luckily read on a kindle, so with a press of the screen the loaded dictionary can explain what obscure food items are, and inform
Melanie Jennings
Aug 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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Awesome book. If you don't like looking up words in the dictionary while reading, however, skip this one.
Sep 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Really the best of the series edited by Ruth Reichl. Well written with a descriptive and exotic vocabulary. Great fun and good, varied stories.
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Light and frothy and fun. Learned what a medlar is.
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“Pierre mixed the salad. The romaine and cress he doused with walnut oil chilled to an emulsion, turning it with wooden forks so that the bruises showed on the green in dark lines. He poured on the souring of wine vinegar and the juice of young grapes, seasoned with shallots, pepper and salt, a squeeze of anchovy, and a pinch of mustard. At the Faison d’Or the salad was in wedlock with the roast.” (p.24)” 2 likes
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