Gastronomique, a Cookbook for Gourmets.

Garden City, New York: Doubleday & Company, Inc. 1958.

Large octavo (24 x 16.5 cm.), 384 pages. Index. Illustrated by Jean Simpson. FIRST EDITION. "Add a touch of the unusual and the exotic to entertaining! It's easy to do..." (jacket copy). Ida Bailey Allen's career included work as an editor at the New York American, Good Housekeeping, Pictorial Review, and Woman's World. She was a culinary radio and television pioneer, with a regular daytime show started in 1928, and became America's first woman food host on Mrs. Allen & the Chef. After decades of practical cookbooks – more than fifty in all – Allen released this, her first foray into haute cuisine. Gastronomique was Allen's penultimate work, followed fifteen years later by Best Loved Recipes of the American People. Gastronomique was published into an environment in which the rising stars of James Beard, Craig Claiborne, and soon, Julia Child were to capture the attention and imagination of the American cooking public. In a way this book was an attempt to address an American culinary landscape that had shifted as consumers became more adventurous and demanded more from their ingredients. In publisher's red and black cloth; a bit of wear to the head and foot of spine, otherwise very good. Dust jacket lightly soiled, and with some edgewear and small chips to the head of spine, otherwise very good. Inscribed by the author on the half-title, "Happy Cooking, to Frances Blackwood, a lover and practitioner of all that is good eating, from Ida Bailey Allen". Laid-in is an engraved menu for a dinner "planned by" Allen, and "in cooperation with the America Mushroom Institute"

Price: $90.00