Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Hungry for Love

Hungry for Love is #52 in the Bantam series and was published in December 1976. It is the story of Araminta, who helps her brother after he loses a wager against the Marquis of Wayne. She is a fabulous cook and her uncle the general proposes that he knows a chef that is better than Careme, the Regent's chef! During this time of cooking for the Marquis, he meets and falls in love with Araminta, but offers her a carte blanche, not knowing that she is a young lady.

Francis Marshall paints an interesting cover for this book by showing the couple at an elegant room with a beautifully decorated dinner table behind them. She wears a day dress with a heavy cloak while the hero is dashing in tails and knee britches!

The people of the regency enjoyed good food. It was considered by some to be an art form and French chefs were well paid for their expertise. Many hired French chefs for their kitchens and enjoyed serving elegant meals for their families and friends.

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