Hotel Bemelmans by Ludwig Bemelmans, Katherine Noll
“Ludwig Bemelmans was the original bad boy of the New York hotel/restaurant subculture.” –Anthony BourdainProbably Bemelmans’ best work and certainly his most famous essays, Hotel Bemelmans brilliantly evokes the kitchens, back passages, dining rooms, and banquet halls of Bemelmans’ years at the Hotel Splendide a thinly disguised stand-in for the Ritz. It's a strange, fabulous, and sometimes terrible universe populated by rogues, con-men, geniuses, craftsmen, lunatics, gypsies, tramps, and thieves and it's all here in bitingly funny detail. Twenty-four of the tales are vintage Bemelmans, two have never before been published, and the lot is accompanied by 73 of Bemelmans’ original, charming drawings.
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this book takes you back to another time when hotels were worlds unto themselves and provided for guests -and employees - every need. Bemelmans writes in a charming fashion and has some extraordinary tales about the life he lived while working at a famous hotel in the old days. It isn't fast moving or mysterious but a look back at a gentler more trusting time when people were free of all the regulations of present day.