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 writes in a very matter of fact style.

Visit Galeries Lafayette this Christmas Nov 11, Most of Toklas’s recipes were and remain too elaborate or too strange cookbiok attempt I did make – loving its perversity – her Gigot de la Clinique, which involved taking a large hypodermic needle and injecting a leg of lamb twice daily for a week with orange juice as it sat in the obligatory marinade of wine and herbs.

I guess I need to read her autobiography. Many of the recipes are simply impracticable nowadays unless, perhaps, you still live among French farmers but I do intend to try, at least once, homemade mustard, Greek tarata, and Gypsy goulash. Gentlemanly anti-Semitism was still a fact of American life.

This older book is more than a cookbook of obsolete recipes, not including the Hashish Brownies.

Her de haut en bas footnote pointing out that “a marinade is a bath cookbolk wine, herbs, oil, vegetables, vinegars and so on, in which fish or meat destined for particular dishes repose for specified periods and acquire virtue” filled us with ecstasy. Le ricette citate sono quasi esclusivamente b.toklxs. This book is quite autobiographical, too. Mi sono sentita un’aliena tra colazioni altolocate e pranzi mediocri dove anche la cookkbook non si addiceva alla situazione.

A kilo of butter! I just throw one cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips and one egg into a blender while slowly streaming in 1 cup of heavy whipping cream heated to just boiling, turn the blender on high, and pour the mixture into individual ramekins and chill. This book was really fabulous. MFK Fisher’s intro sold Toklas too strongly. Sep 10, springsnotfail rated it really liked it Shelves: Alife read the book straight through following the culinary adventures of Alice B Toklas and Gertrude Stein.


Out of kindness comes redness and out of rudeness comes rapid same question, out of an eye comes research, out of selection comes painful cattle. These last descriptions of her garden are particularly lush and pleasing. Attraverso ricette, colazioni, pasti frugali o luculliani la Toklas ci racconta di come hanno vissuto durante le due guerre, dei personaggi che hanno condiviso la tavola con loro.

Some of the recipes are hard to create, because I don’t have access to many of the ingredients. She remembers buying two hams and hundreds of cigarettes immediately after the San Francisco earthquake, whilst that city was still burning.

The chapter on the Nazi occupation is interesting. Jun 25, Kathy rated it liked it. A delightful read with remarkable insights about the differences between French and American culinary styles. Made from spicesnutsfruitand cannabisHashish Fudge quickly became a sensation in its own right.

Retrieved from ” https: The parts about the wars are very good, and I marked many recipes of interest. Unaware, of course, until after this book had been published.

Speaking in the voice of her companion, Stein can entirely dispense with the fiction of humility that the conventional autobiographer must at every moment struggle to maintain.

Although Toklas later said that this recipe was given to her by her friend Brion Gysinher name is forever linked with marijuana brownies due to its great success.

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It also describes what life was like for Toklas and Stein during the war. I enjoyed this, especially the last section on the vegetable gardens at Bilignin. And TONS of recipes, which are rather dated, but most you’ll want to try, especially the desser This book has quite a notorious and undeserved as such reputation.


Toklas shares many of her exploits with her companion Gertrude Stein. Toklas began to develop a knowledgeable passion for the fine cooking of France. If you’re here, we suspect that you love Paris and France as much as we do. This work is as much of an autobiography as it is a cookbook, in that it contains as many personal recollections as it does recipes.

Very reluctantly I did. She protested, insisting that her story had already been told in the wonderful Autobiography of Alice B.

It is an interesting read; the range of recipes is broad. Ma quanto burro consumano i francesi? Florica Sincu, Editura Humanitas.

Helpful Hints for your Trip Apr 24, Be the first to ask a question about The Alice B. If you want to make any of the dishes, make sure you have lots of butter, cream, and hog fat!

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Books by Alice B. For a short time she also studied music at the University of Washington.

My favorite recipe is “Godmother’s Chicken”, which also is inexact. This page was last edited on 23 Novemberat Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. After she settled in Paris, inhowever, as if her muse were finally roused by the Old World’s more bracing air, she began to produce the writings for which she is known – stories, novels and poems that are like no stories, novels or poems ever written but seem to be saturated with some sort of elixir of originality.