Paris: Alphonse Lemerre, 1873.
First Edition. Hardcover (Original Cloth). Good. Item #CAT000126
Publisher's green cloth, rubbed a bit and cloth split at the front hinge. Mild foxing, a little heavier in a few spots, small tear to final page. Frontis of the author. vi, 1155, 24pp. Two portraits of the author. Cagle 171, Vicaire 297, Bitting 135, Oberle 238.
Though due to the outbreak of the Franco-Prussian war, Dumas never saw the publication of his great work on cuisine, it remains a monument to a truly bracing love of food - an unlike most of his novels, but all accounts he actually wrote the whole thing himself. A magnificent mix of encyclopedia, recipe book, anecdote and nonsense. He has Jacques Coeur bringing back the first turkey's from Turkey in 1432. Charmingly, the entry for madeleine reminds him of a "petite aventure" that he recounts. On truffles: "We asked the wise about the truffle and after two thousand years of discussion they responded as on the first day: We don't know. We asked the truffle herself and she responded: Eat me and worship God."
Size: 4to (quarto). Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: Under 1 kilo. Category: Cooking, Wine & Dining; Inventory No: CAT000126.