High Bonnet

High Bonnet

A Novel of Epicurean Adventures

By Idwal Jones; Ruth Reichl (Editor); Anthony Bourdain (Introduction by)

Modern Library, Paperback, 9780375757563, 160pp.

Publication Date: June 26, 2001

Description
The chef's towering white toque, the high bonnet, is the mark of achievement to which every young sauce-stirrer aspires. Idwal Jones's urbane novel follows the young provincial Jean as he attempts to master culinary art at the hands of Paris's most distinguished chefs. Jean will win his high bonnet and the royal bearing that accompanies it - but not until he's had many outrageous adventures, in the kitchen and out.
High Bonnet is a sly send-up of the seething politics, subtle artistry, and enslavement to the palate that constitute life behind the kitchen's swinging doors. First published in 1945 and out of print for more than four decades, High Bonnet will delight readers of Anthony Bourdain's bestselling Kitchen Confidential or of Ludwig Bemelmans's Hotel Splendide.


About the Author
Idwal Jones (1890-1964) was the author of novels as well as non-fiction works, including "Vines in the Sun". Robert Mondavi is founder and chairman of the board of Robert Mondavi Winery.

Ruth Reichl joined Gourmet as Editor in Chief in April 1999. She came to the magazine from The New York Times, where she had been the restaurant critic since 1993. As chef and co-owner of The Swallow Restaurant from 1974 to 1977, she played a part in the culinary revolution that took place in Berkeley, California. In the years that followed, she served as restaurant critic for New West and California magazines. In 1984, she became restaurant critic of the Los Angeles Times, where she was also named food editor. Reichl began writing about food in 1972, when she published a book called Mmmmm: A Feastiary. Since then, she has authored the critically acclaimed, best-selling memoirs, Tender at the Bone and Comfort Me With Apples. She is the editor of The Modern Library Cooking Series, released in March 2001. She has also written the introductions for Nancy Silverton s Breads from the La Brea Bakery: Recipes for the Connoisseur (1996) and Measure of Her Powers: An M.F.K. Fisher Reader (2000). She is currently working on Remembrance of Things Paris, The Gourmet Cookbook, and a third memoir. Reichl has been honored with three James Beard Awards (two for restaurant criticism, in 1996 and 1998, and one for journalism, in 1994) and with numerous awards from the Association of American Food Journalists. She holds a B.A. and an M.A. in the History of Art from the University of Michigan, and lives in New York City with her husband, Michael Singer, a television news producer, and their son.

Anthony Bourdain is the author of the novels Bone in the Throat, The Bobby Gold Stories, and Gone Bamboo, in addition to the mega-bestseller Kitchen Confidential and A Cook s Tour. His work has appeared in the New York Times, The New Yorker, and he is a contributing authority for Food Arts magazine. He is the host of the popular television show Parts Unknown.


Praise For High Bonnet

"Exciting and entertaining.... It titillates most if not all of our overworked senses."
-- M.F.K. Fisher