New York: Crown Publishers, 1949.
Octavo (21.5 x 14.5 cm.), xii, 292 pages. FIRST EDITION. The author bills this as "a lifetime of good eating from the world's greatest lovers of fine cooking, ... tycoons, editors, authors, artists, restaurateurs and cordon bleus..." This book is, in fact, all that and more. Only Crosby Gaige could have assembled this Who's Who of American culinary and society figures of the moment: Helen Evans Brown, Marcus Crahan, Dione Lucas, Madame Prunier, Rene Black and so many more. For each he provides a few sentences of introduction, so the book serves as a good reference beyond the dishes. In bright red cloth, with a touch of age toning to the text block. A bit of darkening to the spine of the red and blur printed cream color just jacket, but the colors remain bright and unfaded; small closed tear to rear panel. Over all, very near fine, and as such, scarce. Laid in is the original invoice from Crown Publishers (for $3.12), and a Business Reply order form for Charles Baker's Gentleman's Companion, which is also advertised on the rear panel of the dust jacket.