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New York: Something Else Press, 1968. Squarish octavo, unpaginated. First edition of this engaging exploration of Cunningham's work through his working notebooks, revealing works in progress, and accompanied by the author's speculations about the problems he was attempting to solve. With photographic illustrations of performances throughout. One of the scarcest and most sought after publications of Dick Higgins' Something Else Press. A fine copy in white cloth, with publisher's printed... (Item #3056)
Price: $750.00
How to Read a French Menu. Practical Advice for Gourmets Everywhere.
New York: Appleton & Co. 1966. Small octavo, 95 pages. First edition. "A delightful and practical book for any tourist or diner-outer in any large city anywhere." (from the jacket). A short dictionary of culinary terms for the fledgling gourmet and traveler. Fine in publisher's blue cloth, in a very near fine dust jacket. With a "compliments of the author" bookmark inserted, and inscribed by the author (revealing that "Martin-Dale"... (Item #2089)
Price: $200.00
How to Read a French Menu. Practical Advice for Gourmets Everywhere. Martin Dale.
Sensible Dieting, and the Engel Vital Calorie Diets.
New York: Knopf, 1939. Octavo, 408 pages. First edition. A surprisingly sensible approach to weight loss in this early diet book, with the foreword titled, "Accidentally, I Become the Father of a Hornets Nest of Fads," in which the author relates the story of Hollywood starlet desiring to lose 40 pounds in four weeks. He asked her what she liked to eat and recommend that she eat it every meal... (Item #1866)
Price: $150.00
Sensible Dieting, and the Engel Vital Calorie Diets. William Engel.
Like Water for Chocolate: A Novel in Monthly Installments, with Recipes, Romances and Home Remedies.
New York: Doubleday, 1992. Small octavo, 246 pages. First English language edition of the author’s first book. The basis of the fine film by the same title. A fine copy in a fine dust jacket. Signed by the author on the title page. (Item #1667)
Price: $250.00
Like Water for Chocolate: A Novel in Monthly Installments, with Recipes, Romances and Home Remedies. Laura Esquivel, Carol and Thomas Christensen.
La Cuisine de Madame. 299 recettes eprouves par l'auteur et ses Amis.
Paris: Librarie Gallimard, 1932. Quarto, 180 pages. First edition, numbered and limited. One of 220 numbered hors commerce copies, stamped S.P. [service de la presse], from a total of 1589 copies. Printed in red and black and with text decorations throughout. Marie-Claude Finebouche is the pseudonym of Madame Jean Alabert, wife of the celebrated author and gourmand. Born in 1879, she published several cookbooks in the 1930s and 40s celebrating... (Item #2638)
Price: $750.00
La Cuisine de Madame. 299 recettes eprouves par l'auteur et ses Amis. Marie-Claude Finebouche, Madame Jean Ajabert.
Spirits of the Valley.
New York: Targ Editions, 1985. Quarto (29 x 20 cm.), 21 pages. FIRST EDITION, limited to 250 copies signed by the author. The twenty-fifth work published by Targ Editions. A short memoir of Fisher's early California life. In paste paper-covered boards over tan cloth with paper spine label. Some rubbing to bottom edge of boards, otherwise fine, in original glassine. (Item #6756)
Price: $250.00
Traité sur les Vins du Médoc et les autres Vins Rouge et Blancs du Département de la Gironde. 3rd Edition.
Bordeaux: P. Chaumas, Libraire-Editeur, 1853. Stated third edition. One of a number of books that were published on the heels of the Restoration (the first edition of this work was issued 1824). Clive Coates puts it among "the first comprehensive accounts of the wines of Bordeaux" (Grand Vins, 1995). Some light soiling internally, pulled at the title page/frontispiece, otherwise very good. In publisher's half green calf, over marbled boards. With... (Item #3182)
Price: $1,500.00
Traité sur les Vins du Médoc et les autres Vins Rouge et Blancs du Département de la Gironde. 3rd Edition. William Franck.
Phoenicia, NY: Woodstock Editions, 2001. Folio, 194 pages with 58 full page color plates. First edition, limited to 500 copies signed by Gissinger and numbered. Nearly sixty "portraits" of salamis taken by Gissinger on his travels through Milan's salumeria, with a funny and erudite series of essays by Oberlé as accompaniment. Text in French and English. In the artist's salami-pattern printed cloth; edges of text block also with salami pattern. Fine. (Item #1623)
Price: $450.00
Salami. Hans Gissinger, Gérard Oberlé.
The Great Little Hot Dog Cookbook. Illustrated by Ed Nuckolls.
Garden City: Double Day & Company, Inc. 1973. Small octavo, 115 pages. First edition. A "great little" book with one hundred easy hot dog based recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner and special occasions. From the Brunswick, Maine author responsible for "The Paper Back Cook Book." A fine copy in publisher's brick color cloth, in an unprice-clipped, fine dust jacket. Inscribed by the author on the half-title, "Hot Dog! John Gould." (Item #5341)
Price: $120.00
The Great Little Hot Dog Cookbook. Illustrated by Ed Nuckolls. John A. Gould.
The Raw and the Cooked.
New York: Dim Gray Bar Press, 1992. Octavo, 29, [4] pages. Illustrated. First, limited edition. Number 36 of 100 signed and numbered copies (there were also 26 lettered copies). Three essays on food which originally appeared in the pages of Esquire, and which were included in the much expanded trade collection of essays under the same name. Three quarter pink paper over boards, quarter-bound in bright red cloth with titles stamped in gilt on spine. Fine. (Item #3090)
Price: $400.00
The Raw and the Cooked. Jim Harrison.
Sunday Night Suppers.
Boston: Dana Estes & Company, 1907. Octavo, 126 pages. FIRST EDITION. A nicely designed and charmingly written cookbook (except for the swipe at the New Englander's taste for brown bread and baked beans for supper). The recipes are in narrative paragraph form. printed in brown and black throughout. In patterned tan cloth, with illustrated paste-down, and printed text. Inscribed by the author on the half-title. (Item #3825)
Price: $90.00
The English-Arabic Cookery Book.
Beirut: Dar Al Hayat, 1950. Large octavo, stapled in wrappers, 239, [17] pages.Advertisements. Parallel text in English and Arabic. First edition. The author states that this book is the product of her thirty years in the Middle East (preface). It seems she is trying to bring a sort of generalized Western cooking peppered with North African flavors to the ordinary young Lebanese housewife, and that the Arabic translation was intended... (Item #2816)
Price: $250.00
The English-Arabic Cookery Book. E. Gertrude Joly, compiler.
High Bonnet.
New York: Prentice Hall, Inc. 1945. Octavo, 184 pages. First edition, of this classic novel of the professional chef. The author, a Welshman transplanted to California, was a longtime San Francisco journalist and novelist. M.F.K. Fisher provides a long jacket blurb which, in part, states "Everything Idwal Jones writes is charged with a special tantalizing flavor, a kind of exotic earthiness, and High Bonnet is to my mind the most... (Item #2226)
Price: $350.00
High Bonnet. Idwal Jones.
R.S.V.P. Menus for Entertaining from People who Really Know How.
New York: Clarkson Potter, Publishers, 2000. Quarto, 212 pages. First edition. An entertaining cookbook from one of New York society's truly great hosts. Includes recipes and ideas from friends of the author, a parade of A-list names from around the world. The settings are fitting of the food, a boar hunt in the Loire Valley, a former diplomat's Manhattan apartment, a magnificent ranch in Texas. Fine in publisher's cloth, in... (Item #2757)
Price: $200.00
R.S.V.P. Menus for Entertaining from People who Really Know How. Nan Kempner.
Making Chicken Soup.
Rochester: Humpy Press / Light Impressions, 1979. Square duodecimo, unpaginated. Illustrated with twenty-eight black and white photographs. First edition. An artist's book from Les Krims, in which the artist's mother demonstrates the step-by-step method for preparing her chicken soup. The book also includes Mrs. Krims' recipes for kreplach and matzo balls. A fine copy. A scarce photographic artist’s book and doubly so in that it is signed and dated by... (Item #1654)
Price: $900.00
Making Chicken Soup. Les Krims.
4 Sequences de la Matrice V. 1997.
n.p. Antoine Laval, 1997. Quarto, unpaginated. First edition of this artist book/sculpture, from Luxembourg artist Antoine Laval. One of ten hors commerce copies from an edition of 25, all on Johannot, signed and numbered by the artist. Four volumes, each with a different shape die-cut all the way through. The die-cuts, embossing, and black print refer to negative space created by abstract block sculptures constructed by the artist. Sturdy black... (Item #3053)
Price: $750.00
Alexis Lichine's Guide to the Wines and Vineyards of France.
New York: Alfred Knopf, 1982. Large octavo, 483 pages. Revised edition. Lichine, an "absolute authority," provides the the wine tourist an indispensable guide, systematically covering each wine region, offering the author's personal recommendations for restaurants and hotels, as well as wine tour itineraries. Fine in price clipped dust jacket. Inscribed by the author to Chef Louis Szathmary. (Item #3174)
Price: $120.00
Alexis Lichine's Guide to the Wines and Vineyards of France. Alexis Lichine.
What to Have for Luncheon.
New York: Dodge Publishing Company, 1904. Octavo, 244 pages. First edition. A full treatment of the luncheon, from the author of The Boston Cook Book. If luncheons like this existed today, I would certainly attend: reed birds, venison in blazer, Scotch broth, and sautéed bananas! In brown cloth stamped in green and gold. Some light soiling throughout, hinges shaken, sun fading and a bit of light staining to cloth boards... (Item #5042)
Price: $30.00
What to Have for Luncheon. Mary J. Lincoln.
Good Form. Dinners, Ceremonious and Unceremonious, and the Modern methods of Serving Them.
New York: Frederick A. Stokes & Brother, 1890. Small octavo, 80, [1] ads. First edition. A guide for hosting a dinner and to the etiquette of attending. Attention is paid to various levels of dinner parties, from informal to formal, and to proper invitations. Behavior at the table, company dinners, setting the table and arranging a menu are all included. Some light foxing throughout, in gilt-stamped, green cloth. Tidemark to... (Item #5040)
Price: $150.00
Good Form. Dinners, Ceremonious and Unceremonious, and the Modern methods of Serving Them. Abby Buchanan Longstreet.
The Rabbit.
London: Turret Books & Steam Press, 1972. Octavo-sized pamphlet, unpaginated. First edition, limited to 1100 copies, of which the first one hundred are signed by the poet and the artist. This is copy number one, inscribed by the poet, "For Joseph Golol", and "(Hello Jo!)" by the illustrator. The cover depicts a pair of long-eared rabbits, each with a carrot. Inside the two rabbits have become four, and then eight... (Item #2077)
Price: $250.00
The Rabbit. Edward Lucie-Smith, Ralph Steadman.
[One page autograph letter signed.]
St Louis. MO: [circa 1940]. One page autographed letter signed, from Irma Rombauer, author of The Joy of Cooking, and a major figure in the history of American cooking. Addressed to Louise [Diallo],The last name was supplied by the seller and is not indicated on the letter itself. In black ink on cream colored stationery printed in brown, "Mrs. Edgar Rombauer - 5712 Cabanne Avenue - St. Louis - Mo... (Item #2180)
Price: $4,000.00
[One page autograph letter signed.]. Manuscript – ALS, Irma Rombauer.
La Colomba.
Venezia [Venice, Italy]: La Colomba, [1962]. Single-folded menu, (13 x 13 inches), with screen printed typo-pictorial design in green, bland, and orange. Verso printed in ditto with food offerings and prices. Designed by the important Belgian surrealist, probably created for the famed art bistro's design contest. Signed "Mesens 62" in the lower left hand corner, and further inscribed in 1964 by Mesens to his long time friend and accomplice, the... (Item #2408)
Price: $900.00
La Colomba. Menu - Surrealist, E. L. T. Mesens.
White Trash Cooking.
Highlands, NC: The Jargon Society, 1986. Issued as Jargon 101. Large spiral-bound octavo (23.5 x 19 cm.), 134, [6] pages. Blank pages at rear for additional recipes. FIRST EDITION. A cookbook often seen as satirical, but which is in fact a genuinely appreciative work of culinary Americana. One of the more unusual titles in Jargon's run and its only bestseller. Publisher Jonathan Williams, reveals how one might "explain what these... (Item #6694)
Price: $750.00
White Trash Cooking. Ernest Matthew Mickler, Jonathan Williams.
The Art of Cookery made Easy and Refined; comprising ample directions for preparing every article requisite for furnishing the tables of the nobleman, gentleman, and tradesman.
London: Printed for J. Nunn, 1808. Octavo, viii, [16], [12], 211 pages. With engraved dedication leaf, and 12 engraved plates depicting monthly 'bills of fare'. Fourth edition. John Mollard was "one of the proprietors of Freemasons' Tavern, Great Queen Street, Lincoln's Inn Fields", and dedicates his work to another restaurateur, Lawrence Laforest of the London Tavern, Bishopsgate Street, London. The recipes are designed for restaurant, rather than private catering, and... (Item #3439)
Price: $1,200.00
Children of Love.
London: The Poetry Bookshop, 1914. Octavo 32 pages. First edition. An early work by Monro, poet, publisher, and founder of the Poetry Bookshop. Text block age-toned but clean and sound. Wrappers brittle and edgeworn. Front panel cleanly separated at hinge. A good copy. Signed by Monro on a slip of paper pasted to the center of the title page, and inscribed on the title page by Monro to W.H. Davies... (Item #5253)
Price: $350.00
Children of Love. Harold Monro.

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