By "Charles, formerly of Delmonicos" [Charles Reinhardt]
Updated edition of the Prohibition-era cocktail classic, this printing published the year after Prohibition ended in the United States, in the scarce original dust jacket.
Near fine in very good jacket.
CHARLES' BOOK OF PUNCHES AND COCKTAILS
"If this volume succeeds in preserving, even a little while longer, that ancient and much beloved Art, the writer will be happy."
First published as "CHEERIO!" A BOOK OF PUNCHES AND COCKTAILS in 1928, this book began as a stubborn swan song of cocktail culture. The original Delmonico's was one of the most celebrated culinary monuments in New York City before Prohibition felled it: "The great gastronomic temples like Delmonico's and Maxim's quickly collapsed when alcohol became illegal. Their sophistication and European flair did not return for at least half a century" (Grimes). In prominently identifying himself as "formerly of Delmonicos," Reinhardt evokes the good-old-times spirit of the once-great landmark.
Read more: Grimes, Straight Up Or On the Rocks: The Story of the American Cocktail, 104.
New York: Arden Book Company, 1934. 8.25'' x 5.25''. Original black cloth, gilt-lettered front board. In original yellow dust jacket with design printed in pink and black. Pink topstain. Jacket with light rubbing and a few closed tears with unobtrusive tape repairs on verso. Book with some offsetting to endpapers and a spot of yellow from jacket on rear flyleaf.
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