Soyer’s barracks cooking apparatus

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Victorian illustration to download showing a stove invented by the chef Alexis Soyer (1810-58) for use by military barracks. The stove could roast, bake, grill, fry and boil all at the same time, and it could cater for many people. Soyer was going to demonstrate cooking with this apparatus for 700 soldiers, but he died before he could do so. Soyer tried to alleviate the famine in Ireland and revolutionised catering for the troops and hospitals in the Crimean war – see our article ‘The Chef with a Social Conscience’ and picture No HS157.