Dames Who Read: White Truffles in Winter

White Truffles In Winter by N. M. Kelby Discussion at Chez Moi
Reported by: Sharon Olson

Dame Judith Dunbar Hines orchestrated the evening and Chef Dominique Tougne punctuated the discussion with a series of tastings that were significant in this engaging work of historical fiction.  When Judith asked Chef Tougne what he thought Escoffier might say if he showed up in his kitchen today, he quipped, “Hola, como estas!”

The tastings of the evening were perfectly synchronized with the literary discussion.  The evening began with beautifully simple bread and butter.  Scallops offered a taste of the sea and evoked discussion of the connection between foods their origin.  Unique preparations of eggs and aligot were served to support discussions of the intimacy cooking inspired between Escoffier and his wife Delphine at the beginning of their life together and with the infirmities of their final days together.

The personality of Escoffier portrayed in the book was that of a passionate and deeply flawed man of the times in which he lived, and there was no lack of discussion on the emotions evoked by this novel.  The conversation continued over dinner where many of those who had come to enjoy the discussion and tasting chose to stay.

This was a first in the new series — Dames Who Read.  Don’t miss the next event, The Last Chinese Chef by Nicole Mones at Lao Beijing, Monday, May 6th.

 

 

 

One Comment on “Dames Who Read: White Truffles in Winter

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: