Alice B. Toklas Aromas and Flavors of Past and Present
Alice B. Toklas Aromas and Flavors of Past and Present is a vintage cookbook from the life partner of Gertrude Stein. The cookbook contains over 200 recipes and is a fantastic collectible for a cookbook collector.
Format: Hardcover with dust jacket, 219 pages.
Publisher: Michael Joseph
Author: Alice B. Toklas
Description: The Alice B. Toklas Cook Book was unlike any other cook book before or since. It was, beyond its recipes and advice, a book of 'food and friends, menus and memories.' Aromas and Flavours too is as much for the mind as for use in the kitchen. It presents the thinking and experience of two gifted gourmets; Alice B. Toklas, friend and companion of Gertrude Stein, has lived and cooked in Paris for more than fifty years and the annotator, Poppy Cannon, is a leading exponent of die art of epicurean cooking with ease, speed and understanding.
Here is a book of more than two hundred recipes, some simple, some elaborate, but none hackneyed. You can learn, for example, how to produce green mashed potatoes whirred to astonishing cloud-like softness in an electric blender and made fragrant and verdant with basil, parsley and watercress leaves; or you can make the authentic artichokes of Catherine de Medici calling for "three cups of raw pigeon breasts" but carrying a note from Poppy Cannon which suggests that frozen chicken breasts may be used.
This is a must for all cooks and a delight for those who are thinking of taking their first hesitant steps into the fascinating culinary maze from the boiled egg and welsh rarebit stage. It sparkles with wit and the lightly-worn erudition of the rich years in Paris when Gertrude Stein wrote and talked and Miss Toklas cooked and talked. 'The cooking,' writes Poppy Cannon, 'was as important in its way as all the other artistic activities that flourished in that burgeoning atmosphere.'
Condition: Good condition. Jacket has some small tears along the edges.