Oh, for a really nice copy of this rescue book. A.H. Adair was the long-time companion of the highly admired London restaurateur and author X. Marcel Boulestin. Although he wrote from time to time with Boulestin, this declaration of good, comfortable eating in style, published in 1929, was a solo effort.
Engaging chapters include “The Cook and the Mistress,” “Polite Wine Drinking,” and “A Gastronomic Calendar.” There are some thirty pages of menu ideas and nearly 250 recipes that effortlessly span the English Channel. The food, says Boulestin in a laudatory introduction, “smells of the French garlic and of the English mint.”
Handsomely designed and published by Knopf, Dinners, Long and Short has a preface by the British novelist Sheila Kaye-Smith, and an eye-catching frontis and additional drawings by Jean Emile Laboreur, the same artist Boulestin chose to illustrate his books.
Our copy is sound—-all there, well-bound and internally quite acceptable. But it has surely been handled and, presumably, much loved. The exterior shows stains and other indications that it has been around the block. Not at all for the collector, but very nice for the book-lover—especially at the price.
Are those whose condition makes them doubtful for a serious collector, but which are simply too interesting to be thrown away. We’ve patched them up as best we can and will send each one off with pleasure to someone who will give it a loving home.