BEMELMANS' LA BONNE TABLE. His Lifetime Love Affair With The Art of Dining -- In His Own Words and His Own Pictures, From Behind the Scenes and at Table. Selected and Edited by Donald and Eleanor Friede

New York: Simon & Schuster, 1964. Ludwig Bemelmans. First printing. Hardcover. 446pp. Illustrated by the author. You will be transported to the grand hotels of Europe and America and the great restaurants, from the mythical Hotel Splendide to the Tour d'Argent in Paris, l'Ousteau de Baumaniere in Provence, and Le Pavillon in New York. The memorable dishes, the eccentric geniuses of the kitchen who created them, the opulent patrons who ordered them, the great wines and the occasions they toasted, are evoked in all their rich or subtle or piquant flavor. This book is close to being his autobiography gastronomique, for in it he records the high (and some riotously low) points of his life in terms of food, from his apprenticeship at the old Ritz in New York, where he was taught "how to press a duck, open a bottle, and push a chair under a lady," to the more affluent days when he was able to indulge his passion for la bonne table wherever he chose. All good food was his delight, none was too plebeian, none too haute cuisine. A very good plus clean copy in a very good to near fine dust jacket. Item #13982

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