A classic of gastronomic literature from the late 17th and 18th centuries.
Sixth and final edition, published a century after the first edition (1692); the text is considerably expanded, of this famous culinary treatise, anonymous, attributed to the chef François Massialot, inventor of the crème brûlée!
Work illustrated with 3 fold-out plates (the last is the 2 plates joined together). (Vicaire 455-56).
According to the title: "where one learns to candy all kinds of fruits, both dry and fresh, the way to make different ratafias, & various works of sugar which are made by the officiers and confectioners: with the way to arrange a fruit well and drawings of tables.” "
François Massialot was a French chef, born in Limoges in 1660 and died in Paris in 1733.
He is an officier de bouche who worked as a chef for various courts and who left behind several books that have been consulted by other chefs and culinary historians. He is notably credited with the invention of the crème brûlée, probably adapted from the Crema Catalana.
Le confiturier royal, ou, Nouvelle instruction pour les confitures, les liqueurs et les fruits: où l'on apprend à confire toutes sortes de fruits, tant secs que liquides...
A Paris : Chez Les Libraires Associés, 1791.
viij, 542,  pages.
Duodecimo (16.5 x 10 cm).
Period full sheepskin binding, ribbed spine adorned with gilded embossing.
Binding with significant (clumsy) restorations, albeit sound. Inside in good overall condition despite the water stains at the front and back of the work, in total about 50 leaves with water stains, but nothing consequential. The plates have light water stains, the plate on page 448 has been restored, a small tear along the length of the fold of the second plate (affecting a maximum of 1 cm of the image).
- Number of Books
- Cookery, food & drink
- Author/ Illustrator
- [Francois Massialot]
- Book Title
- Le confiturier royal, ou, Nouvelle instruction pour les confitures, les liqueurs et les fruits
- Publication year oldest item
- Original language
- Binding/ Material
- Number of pages
- 17×9 cm