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Alexis Benoît Soyer

(1810-1858), Cook and writer of cookery books

Sitter in 6 portraits
A French chef, in 1837 Soyer was appointed the first chef at the newly created Reform Club in Pall Mall. He helped design the kitchens, instituting many innovations; the kitchens were so famous that they were opened for conducted tours. In 1847 the government asked Soyer to install soup kitchens in Ireland to help alleviate the famine there and during the Crimean War he went to Scutari to reorganise the catering in the hospitals. Soyer wrote a number of books about cooking. A Shilling Cookery for the People (1855) was a recipe book for ordinary people who could not afford elaborate kitchen utensils or large quantities of exotic ingredients.

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Florence Nightingale at Scutari. A Mission of Mercy, by Samuel Bellin, published by  Thomas Agnew & Sons Ltd, after  Jerry Barrett - NPG D43044

Florence Nightingale at Scutari. A Mission of Mercy

by Samuel Bellin, published by Thomas Agnew & Sons Ltd, after Jerry Barrett
mixed-method engraving, 1858 (1857)
NPG D43044

Alexis Benoît Soyer, after Robert Thomas Landells - NPG D45910

Alexis Benoît Soyer

after Robert Thomas Landells
wood engraving, published in the 'Illustrated Times' 28 August 1858
NPG D45910

Alexis Benoît Soyer, by Henry Bryan Hall, after  (Elizabeth) Emma Soyer (née Jones) - NPG D6822

Alexis Benoît Soyer

by Henry Bryan Hall, after (Elizabeth) Emma Soyer (née Jones)
stipple engraving, published 1858 (1843)
NPG D6822

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