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Simple French Food.

New York: Atheneum, 1974.

Octavo, 433 pages. First edition. A classic. The best of cuisine bourgeoise or cuisine simple from one of the greatest of modern cookbook authors. “The dishes are not those found in posh restaurants, but those one enjoys in comfortable little country restaurants... and in well-run homes where the traditions of good eating have been maintained.” (from James Beard’s preface). Tiny bit of discoloration to front free endpaper, and some light soiling to gray cloth, otherwise near fine. In an unprice-clipped, very near fine dust jacket. This copy inscribed by the author on the half-title, “for Felice Quinto whose palate I recognized and admired immediately, en toute amitié, Richard Olney.” With an additional full-page inscription of Quinto to a love interest, dated “November 22, ‘74”. Quinto was the Prince of Papparazi, the inspiration for the photographer character in Fellini’s La Dolce Vita, and famously was once shot with an arrow by Anita Ekberg. Finally, tipped onto a preliminary blank is a press photograph of Olney, Quinto, and Felipe Rojas-Lombardi. A lovely association.

Price: $1,200.00
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