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"The Rene Black Cookbook"

"The Rene Black Cookbook"

$125.00

The phrase “rich, full life” was literally tailor-made for Rene Black who, in his 83 years, had been everywhere, seen everything and known everyone who could claim to be anyone. As maitre d’hotel of the famed old Central Park Casino and then, for many years, as manager of all restaurants of the Waldorf-Astoria, then with the Fountainebleau in Miami Beach, he taught former King Michael of Rumania to eat corn on the cob, encouraged the Crown Prince of Norway to dunk doughnuts in his coffee, played chess with Prince Feisal of Saudi Arabia, and helped the Duchess of Windsor with floral arrangements for her dinner parties. Armed with battalions of the Waldorf’s best silver and gold-encrusted glass, he refought some of the world’s great battles in the Waldorf Towers with Gen. Douglas A. MacArthur, with the general’s dining room floor as terrain. Rene had tested Winston Churchill’s cigars in cooperation with their owner; he had discussed the philosophic impact of its various dynasties on China’s history with Mme. Chiang Kai Shek.

A distinguished gentleman with silvery-gray hair and a large Gallic nose, Rene Black was an authority on gastronomy and elegance, and a maitre de bouche, often described as "The Master of 40 Sauces," Mr. Black gathered his recipes into this remarkable cookbook, a gourmet's feast of appetizing, easy-to-prepare dishes, rich in the lore of cooking. Offered is a rare 1955 First Edition.

"The Rene Black Cookbook"
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