Specialites de la Maison

Specialites de la Maison

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First published in 1940 and now back in print with a new foreword by Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter, this charming little French cookbook, a collection of recipes by noteworthy writers, Hollywood and Broadway celebrities, renowned socialites, royalty--and even a couturier and restaurateur or two--is available again. This edition is an exact facsimile of the original, down to the red and white cloth gingham case, but with a new preface about the book's history, and Carter's essay. There's also a select bibliography of contributors--from Katharine Hepburn and Christian Dior to Eleanor Roosevelt and Charlie Chaplin--created especially for today's reader. An affordable, adorable package, it's a great gift for cooks of all levels, francophiles, and pop-culture mavens alike. If you liked the delicious recipes from Julie & Julia, you'll love Specialites de la Maison. An instant collectible!
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Product details

  • Hardback | 136 pages
  • 142.24 x 205.74 x 20.32mm | 408.23g
  • COLLINS DESIGN
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0061968986
  • 9780061968983
  • 1,163,410

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A certain widely-travelled New Yorker, a gourmet who sometimes prepares his own dishes, was recently asked his opinion of Specialites de la Maison, issued by the American Friends of France.

His reply: "I enjoyed it tremendously because it is a sort of travelogue of cuisine compounded by a number of gay and intelligent people who have made their mark in the world, and who evidently have a wholesome respect for the pleasures of the table. To me it is valuable for those dread moments when the stove looks cold and uncooperative, the muse of inspiration is mute, and the guests are determined to arrive at a quarter before eight."--from Specialites de la Maison, 1949 edition

First published in 1940, Specialites de la Maison presents a diverse collection of recipes by Hollywood and Broadway celebrities, renowned socialites, noteworthy writers, members of the royalty, famous couturiers, and restaurateurs. With original illustrations by Clement Hurd, Alajalov, and Jean Pages, and a new foreword by Graydon Carter, editor of Vanity Fair, this charming facsimile edition is an enlightening and entertaining illustration of what the wealthy and famous cooked when eating en famille. The busy host or hostess will appreciate that the recipes are easy, short, no-fuss, and truly fun to make--not to mention tasty conversation starters.

Bon appetit!
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