This great classic on the art of cooking is the creation of a master chef who worked for decades at America's most celebrated restaurant of the Gilded Age. Charles Ranhofer was already famous when he was hired by the legendary Delmonico's of New York, and under his supervision, the restaurant's kitchen achieved even greater renown. In 1893 Ranhofer shared his professional secrets with the publication of The Epicurean. This splendid facsimile of the now-rare volume offers modern cooks and gastronomes a complete culinary encyclopedia, comprising more than 3,500 recipes. From appetizing soups, sauces, and garnishes to mouth-watering desserts, this collection provides a wealth of options for every course, including recipes for meats, seafood, and hot and cold side dishes as well as wine pairings. In addition to 92 ways to prepare eggs and 172 vegetable dishes, scores of menus offer suggestions for breakfasts, luncheons, dinners, buffets, suppers, and parties. A detailed index directs readers to specific dishes and foods, and nearly 800 black-and-white illustrations depict methods of preparation, table settings, cuts of meat, carving methods, and other techniques. Inspiration and practical instruction abound in this historic book, which is as suitable for at-home cooks wishing to add elegance and sophistication to their kitchen repertoire as it is for gourmets and professionals seeking a guide to world cuisine. Anyone with a taste for fine dining will find this handsome edition of The Epicurean a self-contained library and guide to the pleasures of food and drink.