Dining with Marcel Proust: Practical Guide to French Cuisine of Belle Epoque, 1979
Antique Recipes

Madeleine Recipe from Dining with Marcel Proust, 1979

Madeleine Recipe from Dining with Marcel Proust, 1979:  One great recipe from Shirley King’s 1979 cookbook, based on Remembrance of Things Past Or In Search of Lost Time.  Proust writes about involuntary memories, and the “episode of the madeleine” is one of the most famous segments.

Madeleines from Dining with Marcel Proust, 1979

Madeleines from Dining with Marcel Proust, 1979

Of course we have the cookbook.  See it here:  https://www.vintagecookbook.com/product/dining-with-marcel-proust/

Dining with Marcel Proust: Practical Guide to French Cuisine of Belle Epoque, 1979:  Cookbook written and compiled by Shirley King with a forward by James Beard.   A number of cookbooks center of a significant artist as a method of organizing a period cookbook, cookbooks like Monet’s Table and the  Art of Cuisine (Toulouse LaTrec.)  There’s also Cooking with the Dead (the Grateful Dead) and She Came in Through the Kitchen Window (the Beatles), but those weren’t intended as period cookbooks, although they’ve ended up that way.

This cookbook was published in 1979 by Thames and Hudson, Ltd., London.  It is an oversized cookbook with 160 pages.  A first edition, first printing copy with dust jacket.  The dust jacket is in mint condition and is safely encased in Mylar.  The book’s pages have all tanned at the edges, but they are all clean and clear.  The binding and the hinges are perfect.  With the exception of the tanning, this book is in as-if-new condition.

The Belle Epoque as a sort of “Golden Age” in France, in contrast to the horrors of World War I.  The dates are used are 1871 to 1914.  There’s a fairly good discussion of the Belle Epoque in Wikipedia.  Here’s the link:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Belle_%C3%89poque.

King uses the text of Proust’s Remembrance of Things Past or In Search of Lost Time, a seven volume novel published between 1913 and 1927, to frame many, many recipes from the period.  See the madeleine recipe in VintageCookbook’s recipe section.