When I read The Alice B Toklas Cook Book for the first time, More than a cookbook and memoir, it could almost be called a work of literary. The Alice B. Toklas Cookbook has ratings and 80 reviews. Paul said: starsYes this really is primarily a cookbook with some reminiscences thrown. I was recently fortunate enough to find a copy of the handsome out-of-print Folio Society edition of The Alice B. Toklas Cookbook (public.

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Alice and Gertrude quickly became friends and then lovers, sharing their lives for the next 39 years. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads alcie. Paperbackpages.

Alice B Toklas

For one, the recipe calls for “one fine chicken” and I’ve made this dish a alide times, never knowing whether my chickens met the author’s standards. Toklas Cook Bookfirst published inis one of the bestselling cookbooks of all time.

When she wrote about something she cared about — her own cooking or gardening — she was passionately present. If you are fortunate to find a copy of Aromas and Flavors of Past aoice Presentor receive it as a gift, as I did, cherish it.

The story that has most stayed with me is when she watched a German soldier buy a kilo of butter, bite off a corner of it, grimace, and throw it over a wall. First Time in Paris? And I don’t like cooking with wine. Food was clearly very important in their lives and it is written with great passion. Ironically, I like it for much the same reason that I liked Fisher’s books from the interwar period: Jul 14, Rhian rated it it was amazing.


Ribadisco che la lettura rimane in primis quella di un ricettario: Jul 29, Megan Prokott rated it it cookobok ok. There are interesting recollections throughout the book of their friends famous and less famous. This is quite possibly my favorite cookbook.

Recipes from the Famous Cookbook by Alice B. Toklas

Christmas in Paris My favorite recipe is “Godmother’s Chicken”, which also is inexact. The arrangement of the recipes is idiosyncratic to say the least, with the order being more of when they were tried and cooked as Toklas takes the reader through the years.

Dec 30, Kathryn rated it really liked it. A historical memoir revolving around the meals of Gertrude Stein and Alice B.

She speculates that he didn’t know what it was, and wanted to try it, but it wasn’t what he expected. Ma quanto burro consumano i francesi?

The Alice B. Toklas Cookbook

I did not b.otklas try any of the recipes for fear I might drop dead on the spot. Jan 21, Joanne rated it really liked it. Articles lacking sources alicw May All articles lacking sources Pages to import images to Wikidata All articles with unsourced statements Articles with unsourced statements from August But, the recipes are presented in a similar fashion to Fisher’s, i.

Why did Toklas omit any mention of her and Stein’s Jewishness never mind lesbianism?

Well, in the 50s one did not go out of one’s way to mention one’s Jewishness. Some of the recipes are cookkbook to create, because I don’t have access to many of the ingredients.

Reading her introduction, followed by Toklas’s friendly, unpretentious book, really just points out what an asshat and classist Fisher was.

The descriptions of the food are incredible–both because of the elaborate nature of many of the dishes, the copious inclusion of cream and butter, and because of Toklas’s delicious and funny asides even within some of the recipes. Puree of artichoke which sounds like a pain in the ass, but she even say that it’s worth the pain in the ass. Florica Sincu, Editura Humanitas. The book, published inwas given to me by a fellow member of a group of pretentious young persons I ran around with, who had nothing but amused contempt for middlebrow American culture, and whose revolt against the conformity of the time largely took the form of patronising a furniture store called Design Research and of writing mannered letters to each other modelled on the mannered letters of certain famous literary homosexuals, not then known as such.


The recipes impeded every story and I just got bored, sadly. Festive Events… Dec 6, That recipe has now gone down in the annals of folklore. This is not the hard-cover, ergo no introduction by MFK Fisher. I had forgotten just how blind Fisher could be, how condescending and tactless.

The Alice B. Toklas Cook Book – Wikipedia

This summer I swear I will make Scheherezade’s Melon. Living in France in the twenties and thirties meant eating v.toklas cuisine and Alice both supervised the series of cooks who worked in their household or she did the cooking herself. That it actually became one may be a measure of the genius Stein claims for herself throughout the book. But this is far more than just a cookbook.