The Alice B. Toklas Cook Book

Alice B. Toklas

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Synopsis: Toklas's rich mixture of menus and memories of meals shared with such famous friends as Wilder, Picasso, and Hemingway, originally published in 1954.

Review: First published in 1954, The Alice B. Toklas Cookbook is one of America's great works of recollection, culinary and otherwise. Toklas lived, cooked, and kept house in Paris and rural France with her companion, Gertrude Stein, from 1908 until Stein's death in 1947. During that time she cooked for and shared food with friends, including Pablo Picasso, Ernest Hemingway, and Thornton Wilder, accumulating recipes for the simple and haute bourgeois dishes compiled in the book. She also saw and remembered all, from life in the high bohemian circle she and Stein occupied; to France during two world wars; to the United States, visited in the '30s; to summers passed in a paradisiacal country retreat at Biligin in France. These and more Toklas depicts vividly and acerbically, all viewed through the prism of food and good eating.

Woven within chapters such as "Dishes for Artists," "Food in French Homes," and "The Vegetable Gardens at Biligin," the 300 recipes run the gamut from hors d'oeuvres and salads to breads, entrées, drinks, and sweets. Original (and sometimes whimsical) dishes like Stuffed Artichokes Stravinsky, Gigot de la Clinque, and Bavarian Cream Perfect Love appear among more traditional offerings, such as Boeuf Bourguignon, Chicken à l'Estargon, and Green Peas à la Goodwife. Many of the recipes (which are written in abbreviated-narrative style) will be attempted only by adventurous cooks with time (and, in some cases, money) to spare. The rest of us will enjoy reading the recipes, the droll reminiscences, and the fantasizing about a time when the dishes' creation could be relatively commonplace. The tour of this era and its food, by one of literature's great cook-writers, is obligatory reading. --Arthur Boehm

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Book Description Harper & Row, 1984. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good +. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. Long before Julia Child discovered French cooking, Alice B. Toklas was sampling local dishes, collecting recipes, and cooking for the writers, artists, and expats who lived in Paris between the wars. Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Wilder, Matisse, and Picasso shared meals at the home she kept with Gertrude Stein, who famously memorialized her in The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas. The Alice B. Toklas Cook Book, however, is her true memoir: a collection of traditional French recipes that predates Child's Mastering the Art of French Cooking. Toklas supplies familiar recipes such as coq au vin, bouillabaisse, and boeuf bourguignon, along with what is perhaps the earliest instructions for haschich fudge (?which anyone could whip up on a rainy day"), and she entertains with fascinating memories of Paris?Toklas' home for most of her life?and of rural France, Spain, and America. Brown cloth with gold spine lettering. Illustrated. Illustrated end-papers. xvii, 288pp., index. Full refund if not satisfied. Bookseller Inventory # 036649

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Book Description New York, c.1954. Harper & Brothers. 288pp. Orange paper covered boards quarter bound in green cloth with gilt imprint, top hinge cracking, bruised corners and some edge wear, a couple of stains on the fore-edge, but generally good with tattered dj. A wonderful culinary memoire of the Gertrude Stein - Alice B. Toklas ménage in France, Spain and elsewhere and the extraordinary assortment of friends who frequented their table. If you were hoping for the infamous hashish "fudge" recipe of the British edition, you'll be disappointed - the American publisher just said no. Buy the book anyway because it's a splendid read, and if you really need that recipe, call me. Postpaid. Bookseller Inventory # klEw250T53

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