Quaglino, The Complete Hostess
Quaglino. The Complete Hostess. First Edition. 1935. Book is in very good condition; dust jacket is in good minus condition—endpapers show discoloration, and jacket shows browning due to age, foxing, minor tears & fraying, and a puncture to the middle right front cover. Illustrations by A.K. Zinkeisen.
London’s Quaglino’s Restaurant dazzled café society in the 1930s. It achieved legendary status when the Prince of Wales selected it as the venue for the 37th birthday celebration he hosted for his new friend Mrs. Simpson. This book of recipes from the restaurant’s proprietor achieves the perfect balance between imagination and practicality. Understanding the importance of firm foundation, Quaglino precedes each recipe with excellent and detailed advice on how and in what season to select various cuts of meat, vegetables, cheeses, eggs, etc.
“I would very much like to see in England what is done in France—wives going out themselves into the market and choosing carefully and rejecting equally carefully, what is offered to them by shopkeepers.”