"I'm drenched in cream, marinated in wine, basted in cognac, and thoroughly buttered by the end of The Alice B. Toklas Cook Book." --Eula Biss, New York Times bestselling author of Having and Being Had
A beautiful new edition of the classic culinary memoir by Alice B. Toklas, Gertrude Stein's romantic partner, with a new introduction by beloved culinary voice Ruth Reichl.
Restaurant kitchens have long been dominated by men, but, as of late, there has been an explosion of interest in the many women chefs who are revolutionizing the culinary game. And, alongside that interest, an accompanying appetite for smart, well-crafted culinary memoirs by female trailblazers in food.
Nearly 70 years earlier, there was Alice.
When Alice B. Toklas was asked to write a memoir, she initially refused. Instead, she wrote The Alice B. Toklas Cook Book, a sharply written, deliciously rich cookbook memorializing meals and recipes shared by Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Wilder, Matisse, and Picasso--and of course by Alice and Gertrude themselves.
While The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas--penned by Gertrude Stein--adds vivid detail to Alice's life, this cookbook paints a richer, more joyous depiction: a celebration of a lifetime in pursuit of culinary delights.
In this cookbook, Alice supplies recipes inspired by her travels, accompanied by amusing tales of her and Gertrude's lives together. In "Murder in the Kitchen," Alice describes the first carp she killed, after which she immediately lit up a cigarette and waited for the police to come and haul her away; in "Dishes for Artists," she describes her hunt for the perfect recipe to fit Picasso's peculiar diet; and, of course, in "Recipes from Friends," she provides the recipe for "Haschich Fudge," which she notes may often be accompanied by "ecstatic reveries and extensions of one's personality on several simultaneous planes."
With an updated look and feel, and a heartwarming introduction from Gourmet's famed Editor-in-Chief Ruth Reichl, this much-loved, culinary classic is sure to resonate with food lovers and literary folk alike.
About the Author
Alice B. Toklas was Gertrude Stein's secretary-companion. For many years they lived together in France, Toklas cooking while Stein was writing. She is memorialized in Stein's most famous book, The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas.
Culinary pioneer Ruth Reichl has served as chef, restaurant critic, and food editor for almost five decades. She has authored 11 books, including Garlic and Sapphires, Save Me the Plums, and Delicious! and was executive producer and host of PBS's Adventures with Ruth. She is the recipient of six James Beard Awards and is currently working on a documentary about the pandemic's effect on the food landscape.
MARY FRANCES KENNEDY FISHER was the preeminent American food writer. She wrote thirty-three books, including a translation of The Physiology of Taste by Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin. Her first book, Serve It Forth, was published in 1937. Fisher's books are an amalgam of food literature, travel, and memoir.