This slender mixing book, published in 1934, was, as is indicated on its title page, “published in collaboration with Oscar of the Waldorf.” Oscar, an energetic self-promoter, was of course the great maître d’ and (quite unofficially) a chef at the establishment that was on its way to becoming one of the most famous hotels in the world. The manual carries his picture on a frontis page, and the book’s text notes that its suggestions are “approved by the world-famous ‘host,’ Oscar of the Waldorf.”
Following brief chapters on Correct Service, Correct Glassware, and one on Waldorf Bar History, the book devotes itself to approximately fifty cocktail and fifty highball drinks, as well as a handful of cordials. Ranging from conventional Manhattans and Sours to such specialty drinks as Roosevelt Punch (lemon, sugar, apple whiskey, a dash of brandy, and seasonal fruit) this is a nice addition to a drink-mixing shelf.
Most copies of this inexpensively manufactured book, bound in black and copper paper over boards, are in only fair condition, the spines worn off and the covers badly scratched. This copy has been nicely rebound in black cloth with the copper front panel laid on. It is a 1934 second printing, which came just three weeks after the first printing.