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To Set Before the King: Katharina Schratt's Festive Recipes
     

To Set Before the King: Katharina Schratt's Festive Recipes

by Gertrud Graubart Champe
 
For 32 years actress Katharina Schratt was friend, companion, and confidante to Franz Joseph I, emperor of Austria and king of Hungary. Written in 1905, Katharina's kitchen notebook contains over 200 recipes for soups, appetizers, main dishes, and a wealth of desserts, ices, and punches. It is a concrete remnant from the paradoxical world of turn-of-the-century Vienna

Overview

For 32 years actress Katharina Schratt was friend, companion, and confidante to Franz Joseph I, emperor of Austria and king of Hungary. Written in 1905, Katharina's kitchen notebook contains over 200 recipes for soups, appetizers, main dishes, and a wealth of desserts, ices, and punches. It is a concrete remnant from the paradoxical world of turn-of-the-century Vienna. 15 photos.

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Publishers Weekly - Cahners\\Publishers_Weekly
Some fancy footwork is done here to link this 1905 collection of Austrian recipes, part of the Iowa Szathmfiry Culinary Arts Series, to Emperor Franz Joseph I and his longtime friend, the actress Katharina Schratt. Although the notebook containing these recipes has 'property of Kath. Schratt' written inside, the recipe writer's identity is unknown, and a leap is made in assuming that these are recipes she would have served to her royal friend. The relationship between Schratt and the emperor is a fascinating one, however. Apparently, his wife hand-picked Schratt to keep him company during her absence, and the actress became his window into the life of his subjects. As for the well-annotated recipes, they are interesting as historical artifacts (particularly the names, many of which, like Cookies á la Sarah Bernhardt and Fillet á la Walter Scott, were given in homage to popular figures of the time). But few readers will rush to whip up Brain Croquettes. However, any fin de siécle Viennese theme party (where guests come dressed as Wittgenstein, Freud and Alma Mahler) would benefit from the cheerful section titled 'Bring Vienna to Your Table!' Written by chef Louis Szathmfiry, it offers suggested menus and a list of mail-order sources.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Some fancy footwork is done here to link this 1905 collection of Austrian recipes, part of the Iowa Szathmry Culinary Arts Series, to Emperor Franz Joseph I and his longtime friend, the actress Katharina Schratt. Although the notebook containing these recipes has "property of Kath. Schratt" written inside, the recipe writer's identity is unknown, and a leap is made in assuming that these are recipes she would have served to her royal friend. The relationship between Schratt and the emperor is a fascinating one, however. Apparently, his wife hand-picked Schratt to keep him company during her absence, and the actress became his window into the life of his subjects. As for the well-annotated recipes, they are interesting as historical artifacts (particularly the names, many of which, like Cookies la Sarah Bernhardt and Fillet la Walter Scott, were given in homage to popular figures of the time). But few readers will rush to whip up Brain Croquettes. However, any fin de sicle Viennese theme party (where guests come dressed as Wittgenstein, Freud and Alma Mahler) would benefit from the cheerful section titled "Bring Vienna to Your Table!" Written by chef Louis Szathmry, it offers suggested menus and a list of mail-order sources. (Apr.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780877455356
Publisher:
University of Iowa Press
Publication date:
04/28/1996
Series:
Iowa Szathmary Culinary Arts Series
Pages:
236
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 9.56(h) x 0.80(d)

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