"The Art of Cooking Omelettes" (1963 First Edition)$165.00
A good French omelette is a smooth, gently swelling, golden oval that is tender and creamy inside. Julia Child recommended this book at the end of her French cooking episode on omelette-making, in which she proposed an omelette party offering a myriad of fillings.
Madame Romaine was born in Lyon and grew up working in her parents' restaurant. She learned everything from her mother who was, in her words, "an instructive cuisinère, and saw to it that I learned in proper order: first principles; then recipes; and, finally, style." Madame Romaine lived in Lyon until she married, at a very young age, and moved to New York City with her new husband. She spoke no English whatsoever when she arrived in the U.S. and took a bit of time building up confidence to do so. While still very young, her husband tragically suffered a heart-attack and died. Madame Romaine was a formidable lady who eventually opened a Salon de Thé in Manhattan.
At one point, she had nearly 500 omelettes on her menu, and in 1963, she published her cookbook with all of them included. At the time of the publication of the cookbook she held court at what had become a celebrity mecca restaurant near Times Square. Apparently, the Broadway stars sought her for nourishment that wasn't too fattening or full of empty calories that could be danced away quickly. Madame's funny send-up of bad customers (none of them, of course, celebrities) shows that she was truly wed to the dining room of her establishment, and that sometimes it was a challenging role.
The Art of Cooking Omelettes is broken down into four sections: Madame Romaine's personal journey (becoming "the Queen of the Omelette Makers, as they sometimes call me"); instructions on how to cook an omelette; over 500 recipes for making her omelettes; and what to serve with an omelette (salad and wine), and who she has served them to. She served many a famous face and is not afraid to name drop. First Edition.
"The Art of Cooking Omelettes" (1963 First Edition)
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