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Book Description

Alice B. Toklas Cook Book, 1954, UK 1st Edition, Michael Joseph, Illustrated. Very good if slightly soiled beige cloth boards. No dust jacket. Internally very good with no markings or inscriptions. Illustrations by Sir Francis Rose. Still a scarce and sought after title. The first English edition is noteworthy for containing the recipe for Hashish Fudge, which was removed from the US 1st edition.
Dealer Notes
The Alice B. Toklas Cook Book, first published in 1954, is one of the bestselling cookbooks of all time. Alice B. Toklas, writer Gertrude Stein's life partner, wrote the book to make up for her unwillingness at the time to write her memoirs, in deference to Stein's 1933 book, The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas.

This work is as much of an autobiography as it is a cookbook, in that it contains as many personal recollections as it does recipes. The most famous culinary experiment is a concoction called "Hashish Fudge". Made from spices, nuts, fruit, and cannabis, Hashish Fudge quickly became a sensation in its own right. In the recipe, Toklas says it is called "the food of paradise" and goes on to suggest places where the cook might find the cannabis. She adds that the fudge can liven up any gathering and is "easy to whip up on a rainy day." She cautions two pieces are quite enough and that one should be prepared for hysterical fits of laughter and wild floods of thoughts on "many simultaneous planes."
Author Alice B Toklas
Date 1954
Binding Cloth
Publisher Michael Joseph
Illustrator Sir Francis Rose
Condition Very Good -
Pages 288

Price: £450.00

Offered by White Eagle Books

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