(London 1857)

By Alexis Soyer. Introduction by Elizabeth Ray and Major Michael Barthorp. Soyer’s rare final book has never before been reprinted; it chronicles his crusade for the improvement of army and hospital food during the Crimean War. He traveled to the Crimea at his own expense to improve the British Army’s food, which was terrible at the time. While there he became a friend of Florence Nightingale, who very much admired his achievements. He never really recovered from a bout of ‘Crimean fever’ and died two years after the war ended. This reprint with reset type has been slightly altered; omitted are a chapter on food for the needy initially published in 1847 in Soyer’s Poor Man’s Regenerator, and a series of letters from army officers praising Soyer’s field stove. It includes two sections of recipes for hospital diets and field/barrack cookery. 368 pages. Hardcover. Import.

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