Related to This Book

Other Sites

White Truffles in Winter

A Novel

N. M. Kelby (Author)


"You’ll eat up every word of this spicy historical novel." —Real Simple

Auguste Escoffier (1846–1935) was the renowned French chef and restaurateur who gave birth to the way we eat today. The heart of Escoffier’s story, however, lies in his love for two very different women: the beautiful, reckless actress Sarah Bernhardt and his wife, the poet Delphine Daffis. This lushly imagined novel transports us into Escoffier’s private world, weaving a sensual tale of food and longing, war and romance.

Book Details

  • Paperback
  • October 2012
  • ISBN 978-0-393-34358-8
  • 5.5 × 8.3 in / 368 pages
  • Sales Territory: Worldwide including Canada, but excluding the British Commonwealth.

Endorsements & Reviews

“Captivating…[Kelby’s] descriptions of food are exquisitely detailed. She makes delicious drama out of acts as simple as Escoffier teaching his protégé how to make fried eggs.” — Steve Almond, Boston Globe

“Kelby’s descriptions of food are sublime, and her evocations of Paris, from artists’ spare studios to restaurants’ lavish dining rooms, delightful.” — Colette Bancroft, St. Petersburg Times

“Foodies will no doubt enjoy the lush epicurean treatment as well as the historical elements of the novel…Ultimately this is a classic romance.” — W. S. Lyon, BookPage

“As delicious and decadent as the recipes and menus sprinkled within…Vibrant and witty.” — Rochelle O’Gorman, Cleveland Plain Dealer

“Witty, delightful, and so detailed you can taste it…Kelby has a foodie’s flair for infusing her narrative with so many flavorful details, readers will feel like they’re enjoying lavish meals right along with the novel’s characters. Mercifully, without all those pesky calories. Kelby also succeeds in building a story heaped with ample portions of plot development and scene-setting.” — Andrea Hoag, Minneapolis Star Tribune

All Subjects