Jules Gouffé

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Jules Gouffé
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Jules Gouffé
Paris, France
Died28 February 1877
Known forL'apôtre de la cuisine décorative
Notable work
Le Livre de Cuisine, Le Livre de Pâtisserie,
Poularde à la Godard, color plate from Livre de cuisine
Pastries based on Gouffé's recipes

Jules Gouffé (1807 – 28 February 1877) was a renowned French chef and pâtissier. He was nicknamed l'apôtre de la cuisine décorative (French: The apostle of decorative cuisine).[1]

He had a deep impact on the evolution of French gastronomy by gathering an immense knowledge that he wrote down in his Le Livre de Cuisine and his Le Livre de Pâtisserie. Revered by great names such as Bernard Loiseau[2] and molecular gastronomy researchers, such as Hervé This,[3] his legacy is still vibrant among cooks of today.


His learning began under the supervision of his father, who owned a pâtisserie (pastry shop) on Neuve Saint-Merri street, Paris. Gouffé became Antonin Carême's pupil at the age of 16, with whom he remained for seven years. Gouffé relates in his Livre de Pâtisserie that Carême who was passing by, stopped to admire the pièces montées that were on display, congratulating the proprietor and offering to take his son under his protection.

His first job was during the ball held in 1823 by the city of Paris in honor of the Duc d'Angoulême to celebrate the Spanish Expedition which 7000 guests attended.

In 1840 he opened a shop at rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré which soon gained fame. He sold the shop in 1855 and then became inactive.[4]

In 1867 he accepted an offer from Alexandre Dumas and the Baron Brisse [fr] to become chef de bouche of the Jockey-Club de Paris.[5][6] While he held this position he began writing books that ensured his renown. Most of his works were translated into English by his brother, Alphonse Gouffé, Head Pastry Cook to Queen Victoria.


  • Le Livre de Cuisine: comprenant la cuisine de ménage et la grande cuisine avec 25 planches imprimées en chromolithographie et 161 gravures sur bois dessinées d'après nature par E. Ronjat, Paris, Librairie Hachette (1867) Read on line (in French)
(The Royal Cookery Book)
  • Le Livre de Pâtisserie: Ouvrage contenant 10 planches chromolithographiques et 137 gravures sur bois d'après les peintures à l'huile et les dessins de E. Ronjat, Paris, Librairie Hachette (1873) Read on line (in French)
(The Royal Book of Pastry and Confectionery)
  • Recettes pour préparer et conserver les Viandes et les Poissons salés et fumés, les terrines, les galantines, les légumes, les fruits, les confitures, les liqueurs de famille, les sirops, les petits fours, etc., Paris, Librairie Hachette (1869) (Le Livre des conserves)
(The Book of Preserves)
  • Le Livre de Soupes et des Potages contenant plus de 400 recettes de potages français et étrangers (1872) (Le Livre de soupes et des potages)
(The Book of Soups)


  1. ^ "Jules Gouffé's biography". Editions du chêne.
  2. ^ "Livre de cuisine summary". Editions du chêne.
  3. ^ Compte rendu du Séminaire N° 36 de Gastronomie moléculaire, 15 avril 2004, Cours de gastronomie moléculaire n°2, décembre 2006.
  4. ^ Henriette Parienté, Geneviève de Ternant, "La fabuleuse histoire de la cuisine française", Editions O.D.I.L., 1981
  5. ^ "Mode de recherche,n°13". IFM Paris.
  6. ^ Jean Vitaux, "Le Baron Brisse : un journaliste gargantuesque", Canal Académie, 3 février 2013

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