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This is an auction for THE PASSIONATE EPICURE by Marcel Rouff.

"In the classic French novel The Passionate Epicure, Marcel Rouff introduces Dodin-Bouffant, a character based loosely on Anthelme Brillat-Savarin, an infamous bachelor and epicure dedicated to the high arts: the art of food and the art of love. This edition contains a Preface by Lawrence Durrell and a new Introduction by Jeffrey Steingarten, the food critic for Vogue magazine and author of the bestselling book The Man Who Ate Everything."

From the Introduction:

This delightful classic was probably the first gastronomic novel ever written, printed in a tiny edition in 1920, then properly published in 1924. The charming translation by “Claude” is the only one into English. It was first published in London in 1961 and a year later in New York City, and has been out of print for a generation. We are very lucky to have it back. Our hero, Monsieur Dodin-Bouffant, is a distinguished jurist, now retired and living with one servant in a small, comfortable house in his ancestral town. He has dedicated his life, every waking hour, to the refinements of cuisine, which is to say French cuisine–eating and cooking, thinking and talking about it. Though word of Dodin’s gastronomic genius has spread throughout the world, he remains “unpretentious, kindly, simple; devoting with ever more conscientious gravity and more concentrated ardour, the powers and meditations of his riper years to the subtle and magnificent art to which he considered he owed, for the traditional glory of his country, the best of himself and the whole of his active genius”..."

Very favourable reviews on Amazon.com.

Paperback 2002.

168 pages.

Very good condition.

The cost of shipping is $4.95.

There is of course no charge for shipping if you collect this book from my shop in Palmerston ?North following the auction.

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