First Edition of The Fireside Cookbook; Signed by James Beard
The Fireside Cook Book: A Complete Guide to Fine Cooking.
Item Number: 2648
New York: Simon & Schuster, 1949.
First edition of this early James Beard classic. Quarto, original cloth. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Signed “Good Eating James Beard” on the half-title page. A very bright example.
The Fireside Cook Book is designed for people who are not content to regard food just as something one transfers periodically from plate to mouth. It is for those who recognize that a simple family meal (as well as a dress-up dinner party) can be a pleasure and a special event. The wide variety of I-can't-wait-to-try-it dishes in the book are presented according to a new and different theory. You will find here no attempt to overwhelm the cook with all the recipes ever concocted. Instead, you will find clear, easy-to-follow instructions for the basic preparation of every food, followed in each case by fascinating variations. The basic recipes and variations add up to 1,217 tested dishes -- simple enough for the novice, delicious enough for the most meticulous master chef, complete enough for the most imaginative menus without a repetition."