Alice B. Toklas Cook Book Cook’s Copy: The Alice B. Toklas Cook Book, written by Alice B. Toklas and illustrated by Sir Francis Rose. First American edition, published in 1954 by Harper and Brothers, New York. Hard cover, 288 pages. This book is a true artifact of American history, as Miss Toklas lived with Gertrude Stein on Paris’ Left Bank, as a member of the Lost Generation. Many anecdotes–and recipes–come from Toklas’s and Stein’s adventures with the American Fund for the French Wounded during World War II, traveling the French countryside in their car, Aunt Pauline. Other recipes come from their travels in the United States, from hotels and restaurants around the world, well as from famous and not-so-famous friends. It is an excellent cookbook, with recipes and stories all told in charming detail! Toklas gives us more than 350 recipes for meals that you can serve, garnished with her juicy bits of literary history!
This copy of Alice B. Toklas is a cook’ copy. That is, it was really used by someone who cooked. General shelf wear on the cover. First three or four pages have light water damage. So, price reflects the book’s condition. Hinges are strong, as is the binding. Pages are completely clean. No dust jacekt.
See Vintage Cookbook’s Antique Recipes section for one great Toklas recipe, Browned Spinach Daisy. See it here: http://126.96.36.199/~vintagp9/?p=1767