London: Faber & Faber Limited, 24 Russell Square, .
Small octavo (19.5 x 13 cm.), 143 pages. Index. FIRST EDITION. The second cookbook from Kathleen Le Riche, following the success of Cooking from Scratch (1951). A "book for the host – and the hostess" with "food and wine for every kind of party, from the informal supper party to the large Christmas or wedding party, with the least expense and the greatest of ease" (from the jacket). In 2021, Faber brought out a re-issue of the followup volume, Cooking Alone (1954) with a new introduction by Bee Wilson, in which she writes, "Remarkable. Aside from its wit and period charm, this [recognises] that the most important ingredient in the kitchen is the human ... Nearly seventy years on, this still feels like a radical message.". Fine, in publisher's aqua paper-covered boards. In a very near fine unclipped dust jacket, with a short closed tear to the top edge of the front panel. Very scarce in any condition, especially so in the dust jacket.