The Alice B. Toklas Cook Book, Alice B. Toklas, England, 1961
The Alice B. Toklas Cook Book was first published in 1954, and 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. The book was republished by Penguin in 1961, and features Henri Mattisse’s ‘Still Life with Oysters’, 1940, on the cover. It was described by the New Yorker as ‘A book of character, fine food, and tasty human observation.’ Part recipes and part diary, the cookbook features anecdotes from Toklas’ life, including recipes such as ‘Bass for Picasso’ and ‘Haschich Fudge’; which anyone could whip up on a rainy day. This is a first Penguin edition softcover book in overall good condition. Expect page discoloration due to age and folded corners to bookmark past owner’s favourite recipes.