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TOKLAS, Alice B.
The Alice B. Toklas Cook Book. Illustrations by Sir Francis Rose.
New York: Harper & Brothers, 1954. New York: Harper & Brothers,, 1954. A fine copy of one of the best-selling cookbooks of all time Octavo. Original orange cloth, green cloth backstrip, spine lettered and decorated in gilt and orange, pictorial endpapers. With the dust jacket, price-clipped. Frontispiece portrait, chapter vignettes, and full-page black and white line illustrations to the text by Sir Francis Rose. Bookseller's ticket, Clarence W. Smith, Inc. of Rochester, New York, to rear pastedown. A fine copy, spine ends barely rubbed and bruised, in the very good jacket, browned and chipped with some closed tears at joints, spine lettering faded. First US edition, first printing, of one of the best-selling cookbooks of all time. The first UK edition, published two days earlier, was notorious for its inclusion of the "Hashich Fudge" recipe that was given to Toklas by Brion Gysin, and which was expurgated from the American edition. Weaving together traditional French recipes and entertaining anecdotes of Toklas's life with Gertrude Stein in Paris, The Alice B. Toklas Cook Book is considered the counterpart to Stein's Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas (1933) which had catapulted Toklas to fame. Harper, the New York publisher, approached Toklas in 1952 to persuade her to write something that would offer insight into her and Stein's relationship and the celebrated Paris salon that they had hosted. Despite her initial reluctance, Toklas signed a contract to write a book that was part memoir, part cookbook, and which paired food and cooking - one of Toklas's favourite pastimes … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Peter Harrington [United Kingdom]
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