Alice’s Restaurant Cookbook.

First Edition of Alice's Restaurant Cookbook; Signed by Arlo Guthrie

Alice’s Restaurant Cookbook.

BROCK, Alice May and Arlo Guthrie.


Item Number: 143058

New York: Random House, 1969.

First edition of this classic cookbook. Quarto, original illustrated boards, with numerous pages of photographs. Signed by Arlo Guthrie on the title page. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket, with the original record in the rear. Introduction by Arlo Guthrie. Rare and desirable signed by Guthrie.

is, as Alice puts it, dedicated to the proposition that "Being a good cook is not just being able, after careful preparation with all the proper ingredients, to prepare a terrific meal. It is being able to prepare a terrific meal out of absolutely anything, anytime, with whatever you happen to have in the house." And all you need to be a good, Alice-style cook is "confidence, a sense of humor, and a little nerve." The song was an inspiration for the 1969 film also named Alice's Restaurant, which took numerous liberties with the story. The work has become Guthrie's signature song and he has periodically re-released it with updated lyrics. In 2017, it was selected for preservation in the National Recording Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or artistically significant."

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