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The Gentleman’s Companion: Volume I: Being an Exotic Cookery Book or, Around the World with Knife, Fork and Spoon. Volume II: Being an Exotic Drinking Book or, Around the World with Jigger, Beaker and Flask. - Charles H. Baker Jr.

1946 - Crown Publishers, New York - First Trade Edition
Two volumes of this magnificent compendium, containing anecdotes and recipes by the great bon vivant Charles H. Baker. Housed in the original slipcase. ‘If you ever wondered whose oyster the world is, meet Charles H. Baker, Jr.’ - Esquire.

A grand gastronomic cocktail tour that takes the reader on imaginative flights fueled by drinks like the Vladivostok Virgin, ‘being a risky little heart-warmer from out Frozen Siberia’ or ‘the unpredictable Balloon Cocktail from Calcutta's smartest restaurant, Firpo's.’ How to prepare an Aguacate Cubano, a spine-stiffening matter of Bahama Conchs, or Queen Elizabeth's Roasting Marinade for Saddle of Venison. Part travelogue, part memoir, and part instruction manual for budding bon vivants.

‘it's his prose, not his recipes, that deserves a place in the canon of culinary literature ... at times humorously grandiloquent, at times intimate and familiar, Baker fills his stories with colorful details about his environment and his drinking companions — Ernest Hemingway and William Faulkner among them.’ -
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