Delights and Prejudices.

"Good Eating and Cooking": First Edition of Delights and Prejudices; Signed by James Beard

Delights and Prejudices.

BEARD, James; Illustrated by Earl Thollander.


Item Number: 71977

New York: Atheneum, 1964.

First edition of this collection of writings from James Beard. Octavo, original half cloth, pictorial endpapers, illustrated. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title page, “To Ruth Hessernick Good eating and cooking James Beard.” Near fine in a very good dust jacket with light wear to the spine tips. Jacket design by Earl Thollander.

In this culinary journey, James Beard takes us back to the earliest days of his childhood when he started developing his precocious palate and lifelong “taste memories”—the ability to savor and remember the tastes and sensations of food. His enthusiasm for flavors, no matter how bold, would define Beard for the rest of his life. From devouring a raw onion as an infant to scouring the globe in search of local flavors as an adult, Delights and Prejudices is full of witty and illuminating stories that open a door into the world of one of America’s first and perhaps greatest epicures. Packed with more than one hundred fifty recipes, including corn chili soufflé, fried oysters, and peach preserves, this very personal account of his life is as close to an autobiography as Beard ever penned.

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