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Vincent Price’s cookbook back in print to celebrate 50th anniversary


The new 2015 edition of A Treasury of Great Recipes by Vincent and Mary Price

Vincent and Mary Price’s famous cookbook – A Treasury of Great Recipes – has been reissued to celebrate its 50 anniversary¬†with NPR doing an interesting piece on the book this morning. This recipe book had been one of the most sought-after out-of-print books in the world for many years. A Treasury of Great Recipes was a fixture on BookFinder.com’s annual list of the most wanted out-of-print titles. Older used copies are still easily found on AbeBooks.

The recipes range from Dodger Stadium hot dogs to European haute cuisine and are very international. As a famous film star, Price traveled the world and enjoyed the food along the way. The dishes are selected from establishments such as the London’s The Ivy and Madrid’s Palace Hotel.

NPR writes:

The cookbook includes Mad Men-era recipes, old menus, the original typeface and the original photos by jazz photographer William Claxton, Life magazine’s Eliot Elisofon, and artist Tosh Matsumoto. The images feature sumptuous spreads and waiters from legendary restaurants around the world. There’s stuffed trout from La Pyramide in Lyon, France; gazpacho Andaluz from the Sobrino de Botin in Madrid (considered the oldest restaurant in the world); frog’s legs polonaise from Sardi’s in New York.

The book, first published in 1965 at the height of Price’s fame, also contains drawings by Fritz Kredel. Victoria Price, Vincent and Mary’s daughter, has added an introduction.

The 1965 first edition of A Treasury of Great Recipes

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