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Menon (cookbook author)

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Menon is the pseudonym of an 18th-century French cookbook author; his true identity is unknown. His numerous works were originally printed, and often reprinted, anonymously.

The best-known of his books is probably La Cuisinière bourgeoise, which was widely imitated and translated.

Principal works

  • Nouveau Traité de la Cuisine, Paris, 1739, 3 vol. in-12 ;
  • La Cuisinière bourgeoise, Paris, 1746, 2 vol. in-12 ;
  • La Science du Maître d’Hôtel cuisinier, avec des Observations sur la connaissance et la propriété des aliments, Paris, 1749, in-12 ;
  • Les Soupers de la Cour, ou l’art de travailler toutes sortes d’aliments pour servir les meilleures tables, Paris, 1758, 4 vol. in-12 ;
  • Traité historique et pratique de la Cuisine, Paris, 1758, 2 vol. in-12 ;
  • Le Nouveau Cuisinier français, 3 vol. in-12 ;
  • Manuel des Officiers de bouche, Paris, 1759, in-12 ;
  • La Science du Maître d’hôtel confiseur, Paris, 1768, in-12.


  • Priscilla Parkhurst Ferguson, Accounting for Taste: The Triumph of French Cuisine, 2004, ISBN 0226243230, p. 40-43
  • Ferdinand Hoefer, Nouvelle Biographie générale, t. 34, Paris, Firmin-Didot, 1861, p. 998.
  • Patrick Rambourg, Histoire de la cuisine et de la gastronomie françaises, Paris, Ed. Perrin (coll. tempus n° 359), 2010, 381 pages. ISBN 978-2-262-03318-7


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