The Art of Dessert
Featuring baroque, labor intensive food structures and compositions, Etienne's
Traite de l'office was the most complete work on the subjects in
which it specialized: hors d'oeuvres, salads, fruit dishes, and especially,
desserts. Etienne was responsible for creating the large formal banquets
and impressive presentations required by his position as chef for the
French ambassador to England, and his recipes reflect this experience.
But his bookand similar works published by other professional chefschronicle
the eras increasingly complex and elevated tastes in food, and the
fashion for meticulous attention to artistic presentation.
Étienne. Traité de L'Office
Beaux Dessins Gravés sur Acier. Paris: Laignier, 1845-46.
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