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Crepes Flambee au Kirsch from Bouquet de France: Epicurean Tour of French Provinces

Crepes Flambee au Kirsch from Bouquet de France: Epicurean Tour of French Provinces: One great recipe from the first of the Bouquet books written by Samuel Chamberlain and published by Gourmet.

Crepes Flambe with Kirsch from Bouquet de France Epicurean Tour of the French Provinces, 1952

Crepes Flambee au Kirsch from Bouquet de FranceSee the book here: https://www.vintagecookbook.com/product/bouquet-de-france-epicurean-tour-of-french-provinces-first-edition-first-printing-signed/

Bouquet de France: Epicurean Tour of French Provinces, First Edition, First Printing: by Samuel Chamberlain, a Gourmet Book, 1952. Translation by Narcissa Chamberlain. Presumed first edition, first printing, no other being mentioned. A very large, heavy, hard covered book with 619 pages. Embossed with the original owner’s name. An exquisitely detailed tour around France with discussions of the hotels, manors, chapels, churches, castles, restaurants, palaces, etc., focusing on their food and menus. Recipes accompany the descriptions and photograph. Detailed recipe index. This copy of Bouquet de France is in excellent vintage condition. Some light tanning of pages. Tape stains on the fly leaf, where the tape is holding in the detailed inscription and signature of the author.

Chamberlain and Gourmet later produced British Bouquet: Epicurean Tour 0f Britain and Italian Bouquet: An Epicurean Tour of Italy. Little known fact: I learned from the Introduction to Bouquet de France, by Earle R. MacAusland, publisher of Gourmet, that Samuel Chamberlain wrote Clementine in the Kitchen–a very popular novel/cookbook about a cook who came to the United States from France. Chamberlain used the pen name Phineas Beck for Clementine.