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"The Stork Club Cookbook"

"The Stork Club Cookbook"

$19.49

Offering a hard-to-find copy of the long-forgotten Stork Club Cookbook, an historic artifact originally published privately in 1949 by Sherman Billingsley, commemorating the 20th anniversary of New York's legendary Stork Club. Located at 3 East 53rd Street, just east of Fifth Avenue, the Stork Club was billed as "Hollywood's New York post office....the crossroads of the world, where the Broadway solar system is brighter."

A favorite Billingsley tactic was to ply his famous guests with presents. Besides neckties for the men and perfume for the ladies, this book, published on the heels of the successful Stork Club Bar Book by Lucius Beebe, was gifted to regulars, as stated, "friends and discriminating patrons" of the club. It includes recipes from chef Gustave Reynaud for 100 dishes in categories of Potages, Salades, Entrees, Sauces, Potatoes and Vegetables, Egg Dishes, Chinese Specialties, and Desserts. Notable entries include "Walter Winchell Burger," "Poached Kennebec Salmon Steak a la Morton Downey," "Omelette Steve Hannagan," "Coconut Snowball," and "Joan Fontaine's Bananas with Rum." Also included are 24 cocktails by head barman Nathaniel Cook, i.e. "John Garfield's Rob Roy," "Ann Sheridan Cocktail," and "The Stork Club Cocktail."

This is a reproduction of an extremely rare, recently-discovered original copy, personally signed by impresario Sherman Billingsley, and reflecting the style, flavor and, unfortunately, the mild imperfections of the printing processes of that era. (6 x 9-inch format; 125 pages) The number of original copies is unknown, making this a must-have resource/reference for the truly serious collector, as well as a trip down memory lane.

"The Stork Club Cookbook"
Item #02170

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