Dumas (Alexandre): Alexandre Dumas is a French writer (Villers-Cotterêts, Picardie 1802 - Dieppe, Normandy 1870).
It was in 1869 that the novelist accepted the proposal submitted to him by a young editor, Alphonse Lemerre, to write a Grand Dictionnaire de cuisine. To find the calm necessary for the drafting of this monumental undertaking (1152 pages), Dumas retired to Roscoff (Finistère), in the company of his cook Marie. The work was completed in March 1870, a few weeks ...
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