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Title: Feasts and Friends: Recipes from a Lifetime
Publisher: North Point Press, San Francisco
Publication Date: 1988
Book Condition: Near Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine
Signed: Signed and Inscribed By Author
Edition: First Edition
Book Type: Book Club Edition
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The fourth cookbook by the author of ECONOMY GASTRONOMY, THE KITCHEN GARDEN COOKBOOK, and THE BUDGET GOURMET is a rich and loving autobiography of a cook, tracing Sylvia Thompson's education in the kitchen of her grandmother, mother, and friends; at tables in California, Connecticut, Italy, Paris, Greece, New York, and England; and by oceans and in gardens, cities, pantries, and countryside throughout her life. From her mother's elegant Hollywood dinner parties, where Groucho Marx would hold forth from the table and Robert Benchley traded recipes, to "cooking in love" in a basement apartment in the Berkeley Hills, when a spaghetti dinner for two became an engagement party; from the first simple, perfect breakfast in Paris to an elaborate feast of Goose in Kirschwasser Aspic, Mrs. Thompson has gathered an eclectic collection of over 150 recipes that she has refined and treasured over the years, and now shares - Rillettes de lapin, Brandied Persimmon Tea Cakes, Gnocchi Verdi squisiti (Italian spinach and ricotta dumplings), Grilled Galantine of Chicken, and Fresh Ginger Cake, for example. Here are recipes enriched by the author's experience of them (Muscoli alla marinara plucked from a tub at twilight on the Ligurian coast of Italy; Rosemary and Garlic Potatoes savored with a friend while watching their toddlers play). All recipes are preceded by notes for cooking in advance, a sense of preparation time, and cross-references to helpful techniques found elsewhere in the book -0 useful to either novice or experienced cooks. Included also is a generous Appendix, providing a glossary of terms and phrases along with a miscellany of tips on kitchen tools and varietal and seasonal ingredients. A thorough Index (with foreign titles and phrases in translation) should prove invaluable. Written with grace and generosity, FEASTS AND FRIENDS is a self-portrait by a culinary artist whose works are executed with precision and balance and presented with affection.
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