Esquire’s Handbook for Hosts, 1949: first edition of Esquire’s Handbook for Hosts with dust cover. Book is in near-mint condition, with some light tanning of the page edges. Dust cover has major issues–a small piece is gone; it has other small dings. Now safely encased in Mylar. Published by Grosset & Dunlap, New York.
Recipes for entertaining–and yummy–food, directions for cocktails, and suggestions for party games (most of them sound like they only worked during the 50s.) Some excellent rules for stimulating conversation. And many of those sexy-funny Esquire cartoons. 288 pages. 316 appetizer recipes, 608 drink recipes, and 585 entertainment ideas.
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