Fireside Cook Book Vintage James Beard

Fireside Cook Book, a vintage 1949 edition by the legendary James Beard, offers cooks 1,217 recipes and more than 400 color photos. The cookbook makes for a complete guide to fine cooking. Fireside Cook Book is a great vintage collectible with wonderful little illustrations and delicious recipes. 


Format: Hardcover with dust jacket and plastic protective sleeve, 322 pages 

Copyright: 1949 

Publisher: Simon and Schuster 

Author: James Beard 

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Description: The fireside cook book is designed for people who are not content to regard food just as something one transfers periodically from plate to mouth. It is for those who recognize that a simple family meal (as well as a dress-up dinner party) can be a pleasure and a special event. 

The wide variety of I-can't-wait-to-try-it dishes in the book are presented according to a new and different theory. You will find here no attempt to over- whelm the cook with all the recipes ever concocted. Instead, you will find clear, easy-to-follow instructions for the basic preparation of every food, followed in each case, by fascinating variations. The basic recipes and variations add up to 1217 tested dishes -- simple enough for the novice; delicious enough for the most meticulous master chef; complete enough for the most imaginative menus without a repetition. 

A detailed chapter is devoted to the art of outdoor cookery, another to the preparation of hors d'oeuvres, cocktail snacks, and supper snacks. There is an entire section of suggested menus sub-divided into cold weather meals and summer doldrum hints. There is also a complete section on wines and liquors. The 36 full-color pictures and the more than 400 other color pictures are themselves full of helpful invention. Handsome double spreads employ visual-aid methods to give practical details about, and special uses of, cuts of meat, kinds of cheeses, varieties of wine, and types of fish. 

Here, in short, is a book which is an indispensable addition to every American home in which good food is appreciated. It is a book to use constantly, to pore over with delight, and to give to all friends from whom you can reasonably expect a future dinner invitation. 


Condition: Dust jacket has two small areas of paper missing at bottom edge. The title page has discoloration from a newspaper article stored in the cookbook. Further, this is a very nice condition cookbook.

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