Eating and Drinking : An Anthology for Epicures Compiled by Peter Hunt with introduction by Andre L. Simon
London : Ebury Press, 1961. Hardcover. 320 pages ; illustrated ; 23 cm. 25 shilling dust jacket with a few missing pieces to dust jacket front and 1" tear to jacket top spine. Owner name on flyleaf. Pages are age toned. Binding is firm. No markings to pages.
Eating and Drinking
An Anthology for Epicures
Here is the ideal bedside book for epicures. Ranging over the literature of widely different periods and countries, its contents provide a richly entertaining and instructive picture of mankind at table.
Never-to-be-forgotten meals, and appalling ones; moderation and over-indulgence; the fine wines and delicious cuisine of romantic places; palatial banquets, and desert island privation; strange food in outlandish parts, wholesome fare in Merry England; the proper and improper behaviour of hosts and guests; food as a subject for fantasy; these are the themes of this varied and fascinating anthology.
The pieces have been chosen from the writings of such authors as Charles Dickens, Edward Lear, Evelyn Waugh, S. J. Perel-man, Mark Twain, Colette, E. M. Forster, de Maupassant, Tolstoy and Proust, and there are items by Brillat-Savarin, George Saintsbury and other famous epicures on special aspects of gastronomy.
Eating and Drinking is also an anthology of pictures; there are cartoons by James Thurber, Ronald Searle, and past and present Punch artists; and drawings by Toulouse-Lautrec, John Leech, Cruickshank and Aubrey Beardsley. In addition there are colour reproductions of paintings by Caravaggio, Picasso, de Troy and Chardin.
As Andre Simon writes in his introduction, this anthology "will be enjoyed by all who appreciate good writing as well as good fare and good wine".
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