A pert little book of bar food and snacks put out by London’s very fashionable Embassy Club, which thrived in the 1920s and 1930s. Located at 1 Bond Street, it was the consummate Jazz Age “place to be,” an art deco boite frequented by the cream of society, including, on more than one occasion, The Prince of Wales. On the frontis of the book, there is a photograph of the author, “Pin” Baglioni, standing behind a showy hors d’oeuvre table. The title page indicates that he is “of the Embassy Club, London,” but no other identification is provided. It is possible that he was the maitre d’.
The recipes reflect the unrestrained lavishness of the club. A sole and lobster salad, noted as an “Embassy Special,” calls for two fillets of sole, half a lobster, and prawns; the dressing calls for chopped beetroot, scraped horseradish, mayonnaise, and “a suspicion of anchovy sauce.” One interesting feature of this U.S. edition, published in 1935, is the inclusion of advertisements at ten-page intervals. Among these are ads for Fortnum and Mason, The French Line, and Chez Jean at 11 East 60th Street in New York City, offering to deliver, “on order to your home,” fresh russian caviar, duck or game terrines, green turtle soup, and other “Specialites de maison.”
An appealing 4-1/2” x 6” book, presumably published without dust jacket but displaying a front label printed directly onto the full cloth orange binding. A little soiling on the case, but uniformly so, and the interior is superb in all respects.