Item #10138 Dinners Long & Short. A. H Adair, Robin.
Dinners Long & Short

Dinners Long & Short

London, Victor Gollancz, 1928.
Second-hand hardcover

Adair, A H. Dinners Long & Short. [FIRST EDITION] Victor Gollancz: London, 1928. 8vo (190x130mm) red cloth bds, 252,[4]pp + frontispiece. (introduction by X Marcel Boulestin) VG-/- lacks dj; lightly cocked, gift inscription to ffep; prelims lightly foxed;

ADAIR, A H [Alec Henry ('Robin') (1901-1956)]

Dinners Long & Short

London : Victor Gollancz, 1928. First Edition. Printed by The Camelot Press, London and Southampton.  Introduction by X. Marcel Boulestin. Frontispiece portrait of the author by Marie Laurencin.

Octavo (190x130mm) red cloth boards, black lettered spine, 252,[4]pp + frontispiece.  Lacks dust jacket; spine lightly cocked, gift inscription to front free-endpaper; preliminaries and rear end-papers lightly foxed.

A companion volume to Adair's successful cocktail book "Drinks Long and Short" (1925).  There are 52 menus for lunches and dinners - one a week throughout the year - for formal and informal occasions, with recipes for every dish and notes for the treatment, keeping and serving of appropriate wines; together with a calendar of foods in season.

Adair was Boulestin's life partner, business partner, cooking demonstration assistant, literary translator and biographer as well as a culinary writer on his own account.  Together they wrote several cookbooks amongst other endeavours. In France at the outbreak of World War II, Adair was interned (Boulestin passed in Paris in 1943) and returned to Britain as a cookery writer for various media.   He died in 1956.   The sad circumstances of his passing are recounted in Fanny and Johnnie Cradock's memoir Time to Remember.

The lengthy introduction by Boulestin compares his life partner's book of 52 menus favourably to various ancient titles in a catalogue of old cookery books as espousing the best of British and French cookery and food: "it has bouquet, flavour and it belongs to both countries: it smells of the French garlic and of the English mint."

Laurencin, (1883-1956) a former student (and subject) of the artist Jean-Emile Laboureur, (a French painter, designer, engraver, watercolorist, lithographer, and illustrator who worked often with Boulestin) was also a significant contributor to the Parisian Avante-garde during the interbellum; often associated with the cubists.

Awarded a Silver medal at the 31st Universal Food & Cookery Exhibition at Olympia in November 1928.

A nice copy.

Item #10138

Price: $110.00 AUD

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