|304 pp paperback with flaps and decorated end-papers, b&w drawings|
ISBN 978 1 897959 19 0
£10 / AUS $24.95
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Foreword by Maureen Duffy
Illustrations by Sir Francis Rose
The Alice B. Toklas Cookbook is one of very few books that genuinely deserve the label 'legendary'. Toklas and her lover, the writer Gertrude Stein, lived first in Paris and then in rural France, and for more than 25 years she collected the recipes with which they entertained Picasso and others. The fruit of hundreds of hours in the kitchen, market-place and vegetable-garden, this gloriously entertaining culinary companion ranges from inventive responses to wartime austerity to French bourgeois cooking at its richest and best. Always delicious, the recipes vary from simple snacks – Mushroom Sandwiches and Tricoloured Omelette made with spinach and tomato – to elaborate dishes like Supreme of Pike à la Dijonaise and Pheasant with Cottage Cheese.
The Alice B. Toklas Cookbook has long enjoyed a reputation as a highly original cookbook – and not just because of its recipe for hashish fudge. Available once again, it is certain to delight a new generation of readers as well as find its way back onto shelves from which it has mysteriously disappeared.
Bee Wilson, The Guardian
'One of my favourites'
'A delicious concoction of reminiscences and recipes'
'A frothy and delicious mixture of memoirs, travel writing and recipes'
Michèle Roberts, Books of the Year, Independent on Sunday
'A book of character, fine food and tasty human observations'
The New Yorker
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'Greediest reprint of the year!'
'Alice was one of the really great cooks of all time ... the secret of her talent was great pains and a remarkable talent'
'It will be the fiercest Francophobe who can read Alice's recipes and not hanker for a taste, the dullest cook who will not want to get to the kitchen and try them out'
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