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    Insatiable: Tales from a Life of Delicious Excess by Greene, Gael

    Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A.: Grand Central Publishing/Hachette Group, 2006. First printing. A kind of kiss-and-tell food memoir, complete with recipes and an account of the author's colorful life. Most recently, she was Insatible Critic food columnist for New York Magazine and is co-founder / BOD chair of Citymeals on Wheels. Includes photo supplement on coated paper. Very good plus in like DJ with minor readerwear. 368 pp. . 1st Edition. Hardcover. Very Good/Very Good.


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    Dinner given by Mr. Felix J. Wallner [head brewmaster of the Claus Wreden Brewery, San Francisco] to his Friends in 1911 by Bergez-Frank's Old Poodle Dog Restaurant

    San Francisco: Bergez-Frank's Old Poodle Dog Restaurant,1911. Menu. 4pp. 7 x 4 inches. Color cover with embossed lady in a canoe. In 1908, the owners of the Poodle Dog, the Old Poodle Dog, John Bergez Restaurant and Frank's Rotisserie merged their businesses, opening Bush Street and Claude Lane under Lalanne with partners Jean B. Pon, Jean Bergez, Louis Coutard and Camille Mailhebeau. The restaurant now boasted five floors; the top floor offered a ballroom. A side door mimicked the earlier establishment with a birdcage elevator that took the men and their "companions" upstairs. They brought the elegance of the Nineties back to San Francisco as the Bergez-Franks Old Poodle Dog. The cuisine reflected the skills of some of the finest French chefs in the city but also included innovations unique to San Francisco. The original Louis Dressing originated in the Bergez-Franks Old Poodle Dog circa 1908; a product of the skills of Louis Coutard.


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    Manuscript on paper, entitled on upper wrapper "Kyowa ni san gatsu…Chokushi Inshi Onkondate" [trans.: "March 1802 Menu for Imperial Envoys"], written in a fine & legible hand, 10 folding leaves (final blank), 300 x 122 mm., stitched as issued by (MENUS FOR IMPERIAL ENVOYS)

    Probably Edo: "2 March 1802" & following days. This manuscript contains menus of a series of eight ceremonial meals prepared for Chokushi and Inshi, who were imperial envoys sent to Edo annually in the end of February to the beginning of March. They were reciprocating the earlier annual visit of representatives of the shogun to the emperor who was resident in Kyoto. These visits were highly ritualized events and the meals which they ate were extremely elaborate. This manuscript gives the menus of several breakfasts, lunches, and dinners given to the envoys which the shogun's staff (kyooyaku) oversaw and attended. These meals were served on a series trays in stages. The meals reflect the spring season, filled with auspicious symbols (goji berries, certain kinds of fish especially porgy, etc.). These ceremonial meals (two breakfasts, two lunches, and four dinners) reflect the highest and most sophisticated level of Japanese cuisine. We are not sure if the meals were intended to be eaten or simply observed and discussed, like other ceremonial meals held for the shogun and the emperor (see Rath, Food and Fantasy in Early Modern Japan, pp. 52-53). These were extremely expensive annual events and were paid for by fiefdom lords (tozama daimyo) who were considered outsiders by the shogun. The shogun forced these tozama daimyo to be responsible for funding the meals and giving the envoys expensive gifts. This was intentional, in order to limit the wealth of these outer circle fiefdom lords and to prevent any of them becoming richer and more powerful than the shogun himself. In fine condition.


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    Wines from a Small Garden: From Planting to Bottling by Page-Roberts, James

    U.S.A.: Abbeville Press, 1995. First printing. A start-to-finish guide to making wine, illustrated with color photos and line drawings. Entire book printed on coated stock. Includes such subjects as pot-grown vines, avoiding plant diseases. A near fine copy in like DJ. 128 pp.. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Near Fine/Near Fine.


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    Feeding a City: York. The Provision of Food from Roman Times to the Beginning of the Twentieth Century by WHITE, Eileen (ed.)

    Totnes, Devon: Prospect Books, 2000. Hardcover. Near Fine/Very Good. 282 p. 26 cm. 65 b&w illustrations, map, and 6 tables. Blue hardcover in mylar-wrapped pictorial dustjacket. A little soiling and wear to jacket. Some white marks at top of boards. Topics include: a brief history of plant foods in York; bones as evidence of meat production and distribution; what people ate in late medieval York; the food guilds; the housewife in Elizabethan and Jacobean York; the domestic scene; reproduction pottery for use in historical cooking; the York season and the country house; 19th century York; the Rowntree Study of 1899; the confectionery industry; York cookbook manuscripts; York Ham and other regional foods. Indexed.


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    Italy in Small Bites by Field, Carol

    Scranton, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.: William Morrow & Co, 1993. First printing. Brown cloth spine, orange boards, gilt titles. A compendium of recipes for hors d'oeuvre and snack foods. Book very good with edge soil, waterstain at foot of spine, a couple of pages edge-curled. DJ very good plus with price clipped. 293 pp.. First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good/Very Good. Book.


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    Memorias e observacões sobre o modo de aperfeiçoar a manufactura do azeite de oliveira em Portugal. Remittidas á Academia Real das Sciencias de Lisboa by DALLA BELLA, Joaõ Antonio

    Lisbon: Academia Real das Sciencias, 1784. Contemporary calf, spine gilt (head & foot of spine worn).. Ownership signature on title p., top corner of pp.87-104 repaired, small wormhole in lower margin of pp. 105-end of 1st work; tear repaired in outer margin of pp. 149/150 of 2nd work.. Together with:- DALLA BELLA, João António: Memoria sobre a cultura das oliveiras em Portugal. Small 4to. XIX, 190 pp. Coimbra, Real Off. Typ. da Universidade, 1786. First edition of both works. Dalla Bella had been invited by Pombal from Italy to teach at the University of Coimbra following the latter's reforms of the institution, and he describes methods for improving the cultivation of olive trees and the production of olive oil in Portugal. Innocêncio III, 288 & X, 153. Azevedo-Samodães 996, "apreciadas e pouco vulgar." (1st work): Palha 443, "opuscule estimé." (2nd work) Simon, Bibl. Gastronomica, 430.


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    £91.88

    Nico by Ladenis, Nico

    London: Macmillan, 1996. Previous owner's name and date obscured with marker pen in top corner of front end paper. Otherwise a very clean very tight copy with bright unmarked boards, creasing to a few page corners and no bumping to corners. Dust jacket not price clipped or marked or torn with light creasing to upper edge. 255pp. Recipes and recollections from one of our most brilliant and controversial chefs. Since opening the doors of the first Chez Nico in Dulwich in 1973, Nico Ladenis has towered over the London restaurant scene. This book is the culmination of his lifetime's experience. With Erratum slip for pp74-75 'Ravioli of Lobster with Truffle Sauce'.. First Edition. Hard Cover. Very Good/Very Good. Illus. by Martin Brigdale (photographs). 10.5 x 7.75 inches.


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    Serendipity Books. Sixth Biennial Open House by Howard, Peter and Poulet Catering

    Berkeley: Serendipity Books, 1997. Small letterpress broadside printed by John Ruyle at the Pequod Press. FRESH SQUEEZED ORANGE JUICE, Lemon ginger echinacea, Apricot Tascherln, Endive, Asparagus, scallops, duck breats, Crab cakes, Medjool dates stuffed with almonds and MANY OTHER DELICACIES. WINES BY Braren Pauli, Groth, Rosenblum. The event took place On February 19, 1997.


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    Serendipity Books. Fourth Biennial Open House by Howard, Peter and Poulet Catering

    Berkeley: Serendipity Books, 1993. Small letterpress broadside printed by John Ruyle at the Pequod Press. Smoked salmon, Gallantine du POULET, ROAST SUCKLING PIG, STUFFED MEDJOOL DATES AND MANY OTHER DELICACIES. WINES BY GREEN AND RED, TARULSEN, CA' DEL SOL. The event took place on February 17, 1993.


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    Chez Panisse Café Cookbook by Alice L. Waters; David Tanis; Fritz Streiff

    U.S.A.: HarperCollins, 1999. First printing. Glossy laminated pictorial boards, non-matching DJ. With decorative illustrations in color by David Lance Goines. Contents arranged by course. This volume features somewhat lighter fare than her original cookbook. Book printed on heavy matte stock. Bibliography and index included. Book and DJ near fine. 267 pp.. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Near Fine/Near Fine.


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    $100.00

    Crumbs from the Round Table: A Feast for Epicures by Barber, Joseph

    NY: Leypoldt and Holt. Very Good with no dust jacket; Boards worn at corners and head of spine, . foxing to gutter at title page.. 1866. First Edition. Hardcover. Green beveled cloth with titles stamped in gilt on front boards and spine. Top edges gilt. 106 pages plus 6 pages of publisher's ads. A collection of epicurean literature which was formerly published in The Round Table and other journals, by the "culinary critic, fisherman, and singer of country lyrics." Most of these crumbs are in essay form, about puddings, vegetables, the esthetics of epicureanism, breakfast, Thanksgiving, but there are interludes of overwrought "epigastric poetry'. .


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    The Well-Seasoned Wok by Yan, Martin;Ovregaard, Keith

    Emeryville, California, U.S.A.: Harlow & Ratner, 1993. First printing. Inscribed on title page/ffep, AND with a glossy photo of the author with the inscribee pasted to inside front cover. Photography (of recipes) by Keith Overgaard. Author was the star of a PBS TV series titled 'Yan Can Cook' and this book appears to feature various light dishes and simple recipes from his show. Some general cooking information and tips included. Contents arranged by course. Book very good plus with light sunning at edges. 191 pp.. Signed by Author. 1st Edition. Soft Cover. Very Good.


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    Bookmarks for Cooks by Starrhill

    Washington, D.C., U.S.A.: Starrhill Pr, 1989. Contains 18 illustrated bookmarks on card stock to use as placeholders in cookbooks. Die cut and lined for notes to be added. First sheet missing; else very good. Unpaginated.. 1st Edition. Soft Cover. Very Good. Book.


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    ORGANISTS' GASTRONOMICAL REPERTOIRE Presented By Chicago Club of Women Organists 1962 by Chicago Club of Woment Organists

    Chicago: Chicago Club of Woment Organists, 1962. a collection of hundreds or recipes contributed by various members. Divided into various section with card dividers - Bread, soups, main dishes - vegetables, salads, pastries, puddings, cakes, pickles, relishes, beverages etc. ~Pages typescript with various drawings. Contemporary leather ring folder with leather ties. A few pages loose at ties, a few pages a little marked. A good copy. A rare historic collection.. First Edition. Soft Cover. Good. 8vo Landscape.


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    The Story About Beer by Brewimg World Company

    Providence, Rhode Island, U.S.A.: What Cheer Bottling Co, 1956. One sheet, folded. Quaint synopsis of the importance of beer and its place in American culture. Very good with creases, a couple of small stains. 2 pp.. 1st Edition. Soft Cover. Very Good.


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    THE COOK'S AND CONFECTIONER'S DICTIONARY OR THE ACCOMPLISH'D HOUSEWIFE'S COMPANION by Nott, John

    London: Printed for C. Rivington, 1723. Unpaginated but complete [A1-A4, then B to Rr8]. Superb engraved frontispiece plate, title page, complete index to the rear. Original full calf binding with blind stamp detail to the front and rear boards, spine cracked and chipped. Front and rear hinges/joints strengthend with discreet strip of Japanesse tissue (reversible conservation cellulose used). owner's stamp "R W Dodsworth"' to front pastedown and bottom of the tiltle page, no other markings. Content clean and tight. paper a little toned to first and last few pages, dust stained fore-edges. Very good complete copy of this early work.. Full Leather. Very Good/No dust jacket. 8vo.


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    Menu for the Mouchers "Second" at Bergez-Frank's Old Poodle Dog Restaurant, San Francisco, for August 3, 1918 by Bergez-Frank's Old Poodle Dog Restaurant;Mouchers "Second

    San Francisco: Bergez-Frank's Old Poodle Dog Restaurant, 1918. 4pp. American flag on the cover with a list of members present. Dishes include Jazz Cocktail, Bull Tail Soup and Coffee Nigger. In 1908, the owners of the Poodle Dog, the Old Poodle Dog, John Bergez Restaurant and Frank's Rotisserie merged their businesses, opening Bush Street and Claude Lane under Lalanne with partners Jean B. Pon, Jean Bergez, Louis Coutard and Camille Mailhebeau. The restaurant now boasted five floors; the top floor offered a ballroom. A side door mimicked the earlier establishment with a birdcage elevator that took the men and their "companions" upstairs. They brought the elegance of the Nineties back to San Francisco as the Bergez-Franks Old Poodle Dog. The cuisine reflected the skills of some of the finest French chefs in the city but also included innovations unique to San Francisco. The original Louis Dressing originated in the Bergez-Franks Old Poodle Dog circa 1908; a product of the skills of Louis Coutard.


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    Slade's Story of Spices by Wright, Robert W

    Boston, MA: D & L. Slade Co., 1934. Edition assumed, no printing statement. Internal mail-order price quoted as ten cents. A prose narrative of spice categories, uses, history and like information. Slade's was evidently an old Boston business of some reputation. Ad for Bell's seasoning on back cover. A very good copy with internal sunning to title page from laid-in materials, else clean. Uncommon now. 43 pp.. 1st Edition. Soft Cover. Very Good.


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    Menu at Bergez-Frank's Old Poodle Dog Restaurant, San Francisco, for 14 Juillet 1916 by Bergez-Frank's Old Poodle Dog Restaurant.

    San Francisco: Bergez-Frank's Old Poodle Dog Restaurant, 1916. 4pp. 6.5 x 3.375 inches. Handcolored French and American flags and others; Handwritten menu In 1908, the owners of the Poodle Dog, the Old Poodle Dog, John Bergez Restaurant and Frank's Rotisserie merged their businesses, opening Bush Street and Claude Lane under Lalanne with partners Jean B. Pon, Jean Bergez, Louis Coutard and Camille Mailhebeau. The restaurant now boasted five floors; the top floor offered a ballroom. A side door mimicked the earlier establishment with a birdcage elevator that took the men and their "companions" upstairs. They brought the elegance of the Nineties back to San Francisco as the Bergez-Franks Old Poodle Dog. The cuisine reflected the skills of some of the finest French chefs in the city but also included innovations unique to San Francisco. The original Louis Dressing originated in the Bergez-Franks Old Poodle Dog circa 1908; a product of the skills of Louis Coutard.


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    Reposteria Monacal by Hermanas Clarisas

    Planeta, 2000. First edition (NAP). Text in Spanish. As a sequel to their previous volume, this collection features 192 pastry and dessert recipes made by members of the Poor Clares order at 69 different monasteries in Spain. The text is enhanced by original drawings by Sr Isobel de la Trinidad, as well as some historical anecdotes about the origin of some recipes and other details of monastic life. Book very good minus with two creased pages and some damage to (mostly) one page where smeared ink and erasures have caused bleeding and a small hole in the paper. Does not obscure text, however. 278 pp.. 1st Edition. Soft Cover. Very Good.


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    The Vineyards and Wine Cellars of California. An Essay on Early California Winemaking . . . First Published in Adelaide, Australia, in 1885. Edited and with an Introduction by Thomas Pinney and a Foreword by Robert Mondavi by HARDY, THOMAS

    San Francisco: The Book Club of California, 1994, 1994. First edition, one of 400 copies printed at the Yolla Bolly Press. Fine copy in the publisher's slipcase.. 4to, purple cloth spine, decorated paper boards and printed paper label. 12 photographic illustrations and 12 color facsimiles of wine labels tipped in. An outstanding and handsome work on the California wine industry in the 19th century. From the library of David & Valerie Belch.


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    Banquet for the Building Trades Employers' Association, San Francisco at Bergez-Frank's Old Poodle Dog Restaurant , Sept. 19, 1912 by The Master Housesmiths' Association, San Francisco,

    San Francisco: Bergez-Frank's Old Poodle Dog Restaurant, 1912. 2pp. 10.75 x 7 inches. Color lithograph of a Harlequin holding a bottle of Veuve Clicquot and drinking with a lady. In 1908, the owners of the Poodle Dog, the Old Poodle Dog, John Bergez Restaurant and Frank's Rotisserie merged their businesses, opening Bush Street and Claude Lane under Lalanne with partners Jean B. Pon, Jean Bergez, Louis Coutard and Camille Mailhebeau. The restaurant now boasted five floors; the top floor offered a ballroom. A side door mimicked the earlier establishment with a birdcage elevator that took the men and their "companions" upstairs. They brought the elegance of the Nineties back to San Francisco as the Bergez-Franks Old Poodle Dog. The cuisine reflected the skills of some of the finest French chefs in the city but also included innovations unique to San Francisco. The original Louis Dressing originated in the Bergez-Franks Old Poodle Dog circa 1908; a product of the skills of Louis Coutard.


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    The Complete Yogurt Cookbook by Whyte, Karon Cross

    Troubadour Press, 1970. First edition (NAP). Illustrated paper-covered boards. No DJ. The appeal of this title is in the general cultural information about yogurt, as well as the charming folk-art illustrations by Dennis Redmond. The recipes are international and cross-cultural, written in a time when yogurt had not yet become a multinational industry. Very good minus with waterstain to front board, causing bubbling to front board and slight warping to binding. Uncommon, however in first. 119 pp.. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Very Good/No Jacket.


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    Wooden board (327 x 229 x 20 mm.), title carved at top of one side "Shin tsujiura" [trans.: "New Fortunes"] by FORTUNE COOKIE WOODBLOCK BOARD

    12 columns long, 8 columns wide on one side; 16 columns long, 8 columns wide on the other side, each column within a border, carved on both sides. Japan: late Edo. A fine example of a wood block board, carved with 224 fortunes (96 on one side and 128 on the other). The printed fortunes, known as tsujiura, are small pieces of paper inserted in edible crackers (senbei). The slips of paper produced from this board each measure 26 x 26 mm. and 28 x 19 mm. after trimming. Fortune cookies were, in fact, invented in Kyoto, and the tradition of American Chinese restaurants serving fortune cookies was derived from Japanese immigrants. Some of the fortunes include "Somebody is watching you," "Don't fight," "Fall in love," "Sleep longer," "Find someone compatible," etc. In fine condition. The board has a 70 mm. crack.


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