Avignon to Croxteth by Maureen Lavelle

With April approaching, I’ve read Avignon to Croxteth by Maureen Lavelle. I’m volunteering at Croxteth Hall, a lovely historic house in Liverpool. This book is about Raymond Lempereur, Chef to the last Earl of Sefton. He lived at Croxteth for many years and, when I give guided tours of the house I’m mentioning him. Thus, the main reason I read the book this month was that I wanted to find a couple of short stories about him and his interaction with the Earl and Countess of Sefton, to share them with interested visitors. In Croxteth there is a display dedicated to the Chef and, of course, there are the stunning Victorian kitchens.

Avignon to Croxteth by Maureen Lavelle

I liked the book a lot, there are many pictures of him and of what he created, even recipes he made for the Earl. That was very interesting to read about. Maureen shared his story nicely, I did enjoy reading it.
I gave the book 4.5 stars instead of 5 because I would have liked to know more about his life during the WWII. At the end of the book is his account of what happened during the German occupation of France, and I found that part very interesting indeed.

Avignon to Croxteth by Maureen Lavelle

Details about the picture: The picture of the book is taken outside Croxteth Hall, where Raymond Lempereur worked as a Chef.
My rating: 4.5/5 Stars.
Would I recommend it: Yes
Published by: Countyvise Limited
Year it was published: 2004
Format: Paperback
Genre(s): Biography
Pages: 74

About the author: Maureen Lavelle is the organiser of the Heritage Volunteer Guides at Croxteth Hall and
Country Park in Liverpool. She took extensive interviews with Chef Raymond Lempereur so she could write this book. She wanted his story to be recorded and that is what it makes the book so special and important.
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2 thoughts on “Avignon to Croxteth by Maureen Lavelle”

  • Hello, Raymond and his wife opened a cake shop called ‘Le Petit Gourmet’ on Warbreck Moor when he left Croxteth Hall. Do you know if he’s still alive and what became of him and his family?

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