Treasury of Great Recipes, Mary and Vincent Price, Grosset & Dunlap, 1965, 1978 printing, embossed leatherbound hardcover, 488pp incl index.
A much admired, highly collectible book of recipes gathered from the exotic culinary experiences of the multi-talented actor and bon vivant Vincent Price and his wife.
Chapters are organized by nationality of the restaurants whose recipes are shared: France, Italy, Holland, Scandinavia, England, Spain, Mexico, and the United States. Each restaurant is given a few paragraphs of review, a faithful copy of their menu (at the time), and a photograph or two, before their recips are presented. Typical restaurant entries are La Tour D'Argent (among whose dishes presented are Noisettes des Tournelles [Fillets of Lamb with Onion Sauce], Caneton Tour D'Argent [Frederic's Pressed Duck]. Souffle Au Grand Marnier), The Ivy (Roast Beef, Yorkshire Pudding, Hare Soup, etc), and The Four Seasons (Vermont Cheese Soup, Poularde Pavillon [Chicken in Champagne Sauce], Crisped Shrimp with Mustard Fruit).
Photos include those of Vincent and his wife preparing and enjoying various gourmet dishes. Recipes often are enhanced with parenthetical comments, as in that for the pressed duck ("They kill this bird by suffocation ... in order to keep all its blood ... This begins to sound as though the ... chef writes my movie scripts!")
Condition: excellent! Inside front cover has a name stamp in the upper right hand corner; otherwise pages are clean, covers are straight and bright, spine is intact, and little overall wear is evident. Tiny (less than 1/4") black mark on bottom of pages of book. Copper colored padded covers are embossed with gold lettering and flourishes, and a copper colored ribbon bookmark is attached.