Feeding the Lions: An Algonquin Cookbook, 1942: This charming cookbook was written by Frank Case and published by The Greystone Press, New York, in 1942. The “Antipasto” chapter is pages and pages of famous names from the 1920s and 1930s, names of the literary lions, theatrical lions, and culinary lions who dined at the Algonquin Hotel and who participated in the writing of this book. The clever illustrations are by O. Soglow. This is a hard cover book with 255 pages. The chapters are true to cookbook style: Egg Dishes, Fish and Seafood, etc. The prose is chatty and colorful, with tales of the Algonquin and the famous people who ate there. Boxed quotations from people like Groucho Marx, Edward G. Robinson, Jon Barrymore, Raymond Masse, Hedda Hopper, John O’Hara, and Lillian Gish. This copy is a first edition, first printing copy in excellent vintage condition. There’s no dust jacket. The cover shows some shelf wear and some fading. Pages are all clean and clear. Binding is sound. Hinges are perfect. Feeding the Lions is a difficult-to-find title.
This cookbook also has an amazing index. It indexes dishes along with celebrity names. So, you go from Marx, Groucho to Meats–Asparagus with Ham Wrap-arounds. Or from Vanderbilt, Amy to Vegetables–Asparagus Parmesan.
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