Specialites de la Maison
Publication Date: March 2010
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A certain widely-travelled New Yorker, a gourmet who sometimes prepares his own dishes, was recently asked his opinion of SpÉcialitÉs de la Maison, issued by the American Friends of France.
His reply: "I enjoyed it tremendously because it is a sort of travelogue of cuisine compounded by a number of gay and intelligent people who have made their mark in the world, and who evidently have a wholesome respect for the pleasures of the table. To me it is valuable for those dread moments when the stove looks cold and uncooperative, the muse of inspiration is mute, and the guests are determined to arrive at a quarter before eight." from SpÉcialitÉs de la Maison, 1949 edition
First published in 1940, SpÉcialitÉs de la Maison presents a diverse collection of recipes by Hollywood and Broadway celebrities, renowned socialites, noteworthy writers, members of the royalty, famous couturiers, and restaurateurs. With original illustrations by Clement Hurd, Alajalov, and Jean PagÈs, and a new foreword by Graydon Carter, editor of Vanity Fair, this charming facsimile edition is an enlightening and entertaining illustration of what the wealthy and famous cooked when eating en famille. The busy host or hostess will appreciate that the recipes are easy, short, no-fuss, and truly fun to makenot to mention tasty conversation starters.
Graydon Carter is the editor of "Vanity Fair" and a winner of the National Magazine Award.
Christine Schwartz Hartley is a writer specializing in architecture and design and has translated numerous works from French to English, including Alain Mabanckou's cult novel, African Psycho. She has also reviewed books for Book Forum, the New York Times Book Review, and the Village Voice. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.