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The Duchess of Jermyn Street: The Life and Good Times of Rosa Lewis of the Cavendish Hotel Mass Market Paperback – October 1, 1978

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books (October 26, 1978)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140049096
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140049091
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1 x 5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #413,159 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful By northkona on May 1, 2006
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I recently looked at the British TV series "The Duchess of Duke Street," which must be based on The Duchess of Jermyn Street. The writers of the TV series tossed the facts around some for the series. Both the series and this book are a bit dated, but the book is still a very enjoyable read, and mentions many well-known personalities of the Edwardian era, and later. In a time when there were very few restaurants, and the upper crust were prepared to pay plenty for an excellent cook, this book describes the life of the most well-known private cook in London, Rosa Lewis. The author herself knew Rosa, as well as members of many of the wealthy families who employed her for lavish dinner parties. Rosa Lewis managed to elevate herself from kitchen helper to very well-to-do proprietess of The Cavendish Hotel and famous cook. Forgive the dated quality of the book's style -- it was written in the late 1960's, and the author draws upon her own family connections and knowledge to tell the story. Enjoy it as a window into a world long gone by.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By KOMET on July 13, 2012
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Here's a rich and concise biography of Rosa Lewis (1867-1952), a determined and resourceful woman of humble means, who became one of the top chefs de cuisine of her time and the owner of the famous Cavendish Hotel in London. This book carries the reader from the Victorian through the Edwardian Eras and onto the early post-World War II period. It was very entertaining and is full of remembrances from people who knew Rosa, who was quite a character, a woman who knew her own mind and never minced words.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Carolyn Straka on November 10, 2011
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This is an interesting biography of the rise of a lower class woman in the reign of Victoria, her life spanning to the reign of Elizabeth II. She likes to mix with royalty, but started out to be a cook and became a proprietor of a hotel very near Windsor Palace. The story was redone as the Duchess of Duke St, for BBC. The book has some stains but it quite readable. Many photos, too.
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