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.’ -
Condé Nast.
  Baker travelled incessantly in search of unusual specimens. In between overseas adventures, Baker fished with Hemingway off the Bimini coast; downed flaming apple brandy in the back room of a New Jersey inn with “Bill” Faulkner; joined Errol Flynn and Robert Frost for a beach front dinner south of Miami, featuring four-inch steaks and potatoes boiled in pine resin—’better than any potato ever baked in mortal oven.’ Baker married his third wife at a Hong Kong Cocktail Party on Victoria Peak in 1932.

[See also St.John Fritzell’s excellent article on Charles H.Baker - ]

Two octavo volumes in slipcase (book size 24.1x16cm), pp. [8] xi-xix [3] 220 [2]; xix [3] 217 [3]. In publisher’s pink/red cloth, spines lettered in gilt, with gilt emblems blocked to spines and front boards, in publisher’s black card slipcase, lettered in black and red over cream to front and rear panel.
  Condition: Near fine, sunning to spines, in original slipcase showing splits and wear to corners and edges.   Ref: 109626   Price: HK$ 2,200