Monday, February 13, 2012

Le Meilleur Ouvrier (Felix Urbain Dubois)

"There are those who look at things the way they are, and ask why... I dream of things that never were, and ask why not?"

F. Kennedy


Veal Prince Orloff, Angels on Horseback, Service à la russe (serving meals in separate courses on individual plates), Savoy Cake with Oranges -- all inventions and innovations attributable to Félix Urbain Dubois (b. Trets 1818 - d. Nice 1901).

Influential chef, gifted multi-media artist, "out of the box" thinker, honest worker.

Watching Gasbags gassing on all day/all night cable tv (simultaneously tweeting their mediocre, irrelevant pronouncements to the farthest corners of an I-hope-not-too-hostile universe), I wish we had more people like meilleur ouvrier Dubois willing just to do the work and bring their gifts -- the best of themselves -- to their fellow Earthlings.  

Illustrations from Felix Urbain Dubois, Cuisine Artistique, 1870.


  1. I love the creativity and diversity of the presentations. A true artist

    Helen xx

  2. Helen, hi. Raises one from the winter doldrums in places (I know you're in Florida) where winter exists and weighs one down. (It's freezing this morning. The dogs hate going out.) Should you ever be interested, offers (for not a great deal of money) a facsimile reprint of Cuisine Artistique. Black and white illustrations only, but well worth seeking out. A fascinating man -- extremely successful -- it must have been quite something to see him at work. Curtis