Ritz & Escoffier: the hotelier, the chef, and the rise of the leisure class [First edition] 9780804186292, 9780804186308, 0804186294, 9780804186315, 0804186316

The grand opening, 1889. The hotelier and the impresario ; A London debut ; An offer too good to refuse -- Boomtown, 189

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Ritz & Escoffier: the hotelier, the chef, and the rise of the leisure class [First edition]
 9780804186292, 9780804186308, 0804186294, 9780804186315, 0804186316

Table of contents :
The grand opening, 1889. The hotelier and the impresario
A London debut
An offer too good to refuse --
Boomtown, 1890. Taking charge
A celebrity guest and an infamous dinner --
Decadence and suspicion, 1890-1893. The shareholder meeting
Flying high
Expansion plans and new pressures --
Scandal, 1894-1898. The Prince of Wales vs. the Duc d'Orle̓ans
Ritz makes a move
A secret investigation
Calamity --
Paris, 1898-1899. A new beginning
The cookbook
The perfect hotel --
Return to London, 1899-1902. Revenge is sweet
The toast of the town
A new king and a nervous breakdown --
Afterword. Paris, 1925.

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