THE EPICUREAN, THE CLASSIC DELMONICO'S COOKBOOK IN A LOVELY ART DECO BINDING
RANHOFER, Charles. The Epicurean. A Complete Treatise of Analytical and Practical Studies on the Culinary Art. Including… a Selection of Interesting Bills of Fare of Delmonico's, from 1862 to 1894. Chicago: Hotel Monthly Press, (1920). Large thick quarto, original Art Deco-style blind- and gilt-stamped navy cloth, patterned endpapers. $875.
Later edition of one of the most important cookbooks ever produced, with 800 in-text and full-page illustrations, in striking original Art Deco binding.
In the 1820s, the Delmonicos opened their Manhattan restaurant, bringing European-style fine dining to America. It was not until the arrival in the 1860s of Charles Ranhofer in Delmonico's kitchen, however, that Delmonico's turned into a world-famous establishment, attracting fine chefs from all over Europe. Boasting a guest list that included Charles Louis Napoleon, Oscar Wilde, Charles Dickens, Queen Victoria, Walter Scott, and Lillian Russell, Delmonico's quickly became the place-to-be-seen among affluent Manhattanites and visitors to New York. First published in 1894 (almost 20 years before that classic culinary bible, Escoffier's Le Guide Culinaire), The Epicurean is a massive compendium of menus, techniques, terminology, and thousands of recipes. Bitting, 388.
Faint dampstain affecting upper margin of first few leaves, text generally clean; a few short splits and minor rubs to cloth at spine. A near-fine copy.