Mary Garden was a hugely popular opera singer in Europe and the U.S. at the start of the 20th century. Born in Scotland, she emigrated to the U.S. as a child, then came to Paris in 1897 to complete her training. After her 1900 debut at the Opéra-Comique, she was much sought-after by composers for starring roles in their operas. Escoffier, the great French chef made this dish in her honor, and is said to have told a friend once that all his best dishes had been created “for the ladies”.
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