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Good Food from Abroad
Good Food from Abroad.
London: The Harvill Press, 1953. First UK edition.
The fascinating aspect of this collection of recipes from Europe and Russia, is what it reveals about the dire state of English cooking at the time, with rationing and Victorian food preparation still the rules of the day.
The author attempts to explain that Mediterranean ingredients and the regrettable lack of servants are obstacles that can be overcome.
Very Good in good dust-jacket.
First Catch Your Hare
Aylett, Mary and Olive Ordish First Catch Your Hare
London: Macdonald, 1965. First printing.
This is an entertaining history of the first recipe compilers and creators of the earliest English cookery books, illustrated with the title pages of many original works.
Starting with a lapsed Monk caled Andrew Boorde, from the early sixteenth century, and ending with the fearsome Victorian, Mrs. Beeton herself, this account deals with eleven notable compilers of early English cookery.
Book and jacket are in very good condition.
A Cook's Tour
A Cook's Tour.
New York: Bloomsbury, 2001. First printing.
The ballsy joy with which Bourdain takes the culinary world by storm, makes refreshing reading.
He travels all over the globe for this book and concludes that the best meals can be found anywhere, as long as you avoid the corporate greed and government-dictated health directives that loom over much of the US and Europe.
As New in as new dust-jacket.
New York: Knopf, 2006. First printing.
Bill Buford's spell-binding account of his apprenticeships to Chef Mario Batali in New York and further expert pasta-makers and butchers in Italy, in a successful attempt to stop being an amateur cook.
Having obsessed about Italy, he ends teasingly by declaring that France is the next target in his sights.
Fine in fine dust-jacket.
Southern Cocktails Dixie Drinks, Party Potions and Classic Libations
San Francisco: Chronicle Books,
2007. First printing.
A selection of traditional Southern cocktails from Juleps to Hurricanes, with some finger-licking cajun hors d'oeuvres to go with them.
Hardback with jacket.
Biscuits, Spoonbread, and Sweet Potato Pie
Biscuits, Spoonbread & Sweet Potato Pie
NY: Knopf, 1990. Second printing.
The breads, biscuits, cakes, pies, cookies, desserts and delectables that have been the pride of Southern cooks for the last 300 years.
A mouth-watering collection of baking tradition and technique.
Hardcover with jacket. 335 pages.
A Meal Observed
A Meal Observed.
New York: Knopf, 2004. First printing.
This is a charming and highly informative homage to the great Parisian restaurants as high temples to the art of food.
Todhunter uses the stately progress of a classic dinner, course by course, to examine and digress upon all the aspects that come together to create perfection, at a price.
His journalistic training and sense of humour guide us through an evening of guilty pleasures, but he is so full, at the end, that he finds himself wondering if he could actually be physically damaged.
As New in as new dust-jacket. Hardcover.
New York: Hawthorn Books, 1971. First printing.
With over 300 recipes, the famous brotherswho run the Madison Avenue Butcher's shop share the secrets of rolling a joint to perfection.
Very Good in very good dust-jacket.
Julie and Julia
Julie and Julia.
New York: Little, Brown & Co., 2005. First printing.
The inspiration for the triumphant film starring Meryl Streep and an engaging tale of obsession opening the doors to happiness.
Julie Powell describes her manic quest to track down all the ingredients and recreate every one of Julia Child's 524 recipes, in a single year.
As New in as new dust-jacket.
The Great Wines of America
The Great Wines of America.
New York: W. W. Norton & Co., 2005. First American edition. 448 pp.
The top forty Vintners, Vineyards and Vintages.
Each chapter contains a map of the relevant vineyard and identifies particularly successful vintages.
Paul Lukacs writes regularly about wine for The Washington Times.