Beyond Muesli and Fondue: The Swiss Contribution to Culinary History

Beyond Muesli and Fondue: The Swiss Contribution to Culinary History

by Martin Dahinden


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Switzerland is known for fondue, chocolate, and muesli. But did you know that some of the most outstanding contributions to culinary history were made by the Swiss?

Discover the most important Renaissance chef, the first woman who ever wrote a cookbook, the man who prepared a fateful dinner for the Sun King, Napoleon’s chef, the Delmonico family and their influence on American restaurant culture, César Ritz, who founded an entire hotel empire, Oscar of the Waldorf, Joseph Favre, the anarchist who cooked in the most prestigious places of his time, Henry Haller, who ran the White House kitchen for five U.S. presidents, Carlo Gatti, the creator of the ice cream cone, and Julius Maggi, the brilliant inventor of the Maggi cube. Learn about the soups, desserts, and cocktails that tell stories about Switzerland. Try out the 78 food recipes and 17 drink recipes.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781632636300
Publisher: Inc
Publication date: 05/15/2018
Pages: 190
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Martin Dahinden is the Swiss Ambassador to the United States. He was previously Head of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC). As a diplomat he has worked in Geneva, Paris, Lagos, New York, Brussels and Bern.

Table of Contents


Sunlight Food: Dr. Bircher-Benner and His Muesli

A Chocolate Dinner

Maestro Martino: A Ticinese Ends the Culinary Middle Ages

Anna Weckerin and her Delightful New Cookbook

Vatel and the Sun King’s Delights of the Table

Dunand: Napoleon’s Chef and Poulet Marengo

Delmonico’s and Haute Cuisine in the New World

Joseph Favre: The Revolutionary and his Culinary Dictionary

César Ritz: King of Hoteliers and Hotelier to Kings

Oscar of the Waldorf

Henry Haller: The White House Chef

Julius Maggi: Soup in the Industrial Age

Savory Swiss Soups and Their Stories

Carlo Gatti: The Swiss Inventor of the Ice Cream Cone

Swiss Desserts and the Stories behind Them

Cocktails Served at the Swiss Residence in Washington

In Search of a Swiss National Cuisine

List of Recipes


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