A Chef's Lament: A Private Chef Goes Public by E. M. Harris
A man, a chef by trade, tires of working in hotels and restaurants and at the urging of his wife interviews for a private chef position. He gets the postion and the next year of his life begins. He is slowly pulled into a world where he sees great wealth on a daily basis but is not treated as an equal by those he works for. He has many run-ins with the other employees in the mansion, never really connecting with any of them. Favorite recipes of the lady of the house are included along with menus from some of the most outlandish parties given by the couple. The chef is used and abused throughout the spring, summer and fall, finally culminating with the winter party. To save his marriage and his soul, the chef realizes that he can no longer work in that blood-sucking environment and leaves the position.