James Beard's Treasury of Outdoor Cooking, 1960, A Ridge Press Book, Golden Press, 8 1/2" X 11 3/4", hardcover with dust jacket, 282pp incl index.
This vintage outdoor cookbook is oversize and opulent - much like Beard himself! Truly an artistic masterpiece, with hundreds of recipes and outdoor cooking instructions interspersed with fine art, colorful line drawings by Helen Federico, and lavish color photographs. Among the end papers is a list of credits to the various companies which produced the fine crystal, serving dishes, silverware, and outdoor grilling equipment which are so smartly illustrated. A dream book of picnics, outdoor gatherings large and small, and just about any other gourmet outdoor adventure you could ask for even in this day and age, along with the practical instructions and recipes for making them happen.
Contents: Introduction; Grilling; Spit and Skewer Cooking; Pit Roasting; Smoke Cooking; Outdoor Complements; Picnics and Trips; Large Parties; Outdoor Drinks; The Larder; Index.
In excellent vintage condition. Bright orangey-red covers are clean and bright, with a simple golden sun on the front and golden printing along the spine. Spine is tight, pages are fully intact and clean.
Contrary to the old saying, you can often tell a vintage or antique book by its cover. It's very hard to find a copy of this one with an intact dust jacket - no doubt because so many people spent so much time looking through it! In this copy, fortunately, the dust jacket is whole and bright, with some shelf wear - scuffs from rubbing, light spotty discoloration, and minor tears to the edges.
All in all, a lovely vintage gift that has been very well cared for, and a very desirable addition to a cookbook collection.