Alexander's Bridge is the novel I've been reading and in the story Alexander's mistress , Hilda Burgoyne, serves up an elegant French dinner to her lover.
" It was a wonderful little dinner. There was watercress soup, and sole,
and a delightful omelette stuffed with mushrooms and truffles, and two small rare ducklings, and artichokes, and a dry yellow Rhone wine of which Barley had always been very fond."
Truffles aside it all sounds very simple and tasty although I failed to find any images for whole ducklings so perhaps they are no longer culinary fashionable. Having spent weeks watching mother ducks rear their babies around our pond I doubt I could bring myself to eat them anyway and would be quite happy to settle for a more anonymous duck breast.