Soyer, Alexis. The Chef at War (Great Food Series). Penguin: London, UK 2011. 8vo SC 128pp.
Alexis Soyer (France 1810; died 1858) was a celebrated chef and kitchen innovator.
He became the first chef at the Reform Club London where he instituted many innovations in the Reform Club kitchens, including cooking with gas, using refrigerators cooled by cold wter and ovens with adjustable temperatures. His kitchens were so famous, they were opened for tours and his 'Lamb Cutlets Reform' still feature on the menu at the Club today.
Later on in his life, Soyer campaigned for better food, setting up soup kitchens in Ireland during the potato famine and offering his services to British soliders during the Crimean War, training chefs, organising provisions and using his own invention, the Soyer stove (a portable stove) in the field to cater for troops.