Conspirators’ Cookbook, Century Downing, 1967, First American Edition: First published in 1966 as the Mackay British edition, privately printed. This American first edition, first printing was published by Alfred A. Knopf, Inc. , New York, in 1967. Hard cover cookbook with dust jacket. 250 pages plus index. Dust jacket has a few tiny flaws. It is now encased in Mylar. Book is in as-if-new condition.
Downing says this cookbook is the product of “a native-born American . . . who has a preference–yes, a passion–for European cookery.” Chapters have topics like Subversive Shrimp, Food Fakery, I Sing Potatoes and Pasta!, How to Cook and Egg, the American Tragedy of Bread, the Magnificent Mushroom, Rice as it Should Be, Salads with Precautions, Soup Glorious Soup, and the Four Great American Dishes.
The four great American dishes according to Downing? Hot cakes and maple syrup, sweet corn from the garden, soft-shell crabs, and shad in roe.