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La Bonne Table Paperback – September 8, 2015

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About the Author

Ludwig Bemelmans was an essayist, humorist, novelist, artist and an author of books for children. Hansi was the first of Bemelmans' fifteen children's books. It was very well received by most reviewers, but it was Madeline, which brought Bemelmans his greatest success.

Although Bemelmans became famous for his Madeline books, he always considered himself more an artist illustrator than a writer, and later in life he became a serious painter with works now on display in the Metropolitan Museum in New York and the Museé National d'Art of Paris.

Besides children's books, Bemelmans wrote adult books and was a contributor of many magazines, including Vogue and The New Yorker. Bemelmans also did many cover illustrations for The New Yorker.

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Product Details

  • Series: Nonpareil Book (Book 58)
  • Paperback: 446 pages
  • Publisher: Nonpareil Books (September 8, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0879238089
  • ISBN-13: 978-0879238087
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #741,499 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The book is a charming and witty evocation of the gourmet world of Ludwig Bemelmans. The collection of essays, accompanied by the author's illustrations and interspersed with menus acquired throughout the world, carries us behind the scenes at some of the world's finest restaurants, to the table with gourmets of all types, and into the gastronomic imagination of the author of the Madeline series. If you want to experience a distant era of luxury, elegance and overindulgence, from a perspective laced with delight and satire, you will be thoroughly delighted.
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I love Bemelmans' memoir-styled character profiles of old New York (and old Hollywood) of a bygone era. Of his short stories about life growing up in a hotel and colorful caricature profiles of all the eccentric characters; La Bonne Table is the best! But some of the stories are repeated (ie: stories in "When you Lunch with the Emperor" also appear here). He still narrates in the same eloquent manner in the same way he writes his Madeline series for children. As a child, I enjoyed reading Madeline and this is definitely a more grown up treat which still has the narrative style of the Bemelmans whose writings I grew up with.
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The book is priceless. A great insight into the person who is behind the La Madeleine book series that I have loved so much. Each chapter and illustrations are adorable. I have only a handful of books that I keep to reread or treasure and this is one of them! It is fun to snoop into behind the scenes of the fancy hotels and its operations, day to day activities and relationships between various hierarchy of employees of the hotels. I thoroughly enjoyed every moment reading this book!
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