“IT MIGHT PROVIDE AN ENTERTAINING REFRESHMENT FOR A LADIES’ BRIDGE CLUB OR A CHAPTER MEETING OF THE DAR”
TOKLAS, Alice B. The Alice B. Toklas Cook Book. London: Michael Joseph, (1954). Octavo, original wheat cloth, pictorial endpapers, original dust jacket.
First edition of Toklas’ famed cook book, with frontispiece portrait and in-text illustrations by Sir Francis Rose.
Toklas became famous after her lover Gertrude Stein wrote The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas in 1933. “Not only did the memoir make Toklas’s name famous, but it established a postmodernist rationale for autobiographical sophistication. Never intended to be factual, Stein’s story of life in Paris from 1900 through 1930 was told in Toklas’s wryly humorous voice. The genius of Stein’s ear for language allowed her to leave her own convoluted, hermetic style and write with the clarity and acerbity that Toklas was famous for among her friends. So accurate was Stein’s re-creation of Toklas’s speech that some readers were sure Toklas herself had written the book” (ANB). Toklas published this cook book in order to support herself after Stein’s death; in addition to recipes, it contained many details about her life with Stein. The famous recipe for “Haschich Fudge (which anyone could whip up on a rainy day)” was supplied by a friend and appears on page 259. With index. This English edition preceded the American edition by two days.
Book fine, price-clipped dust jacket near-fine with small closed tear and slightest rubbing and toning to extremities. A lovely copy.