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(Cocktails) Baker, Charles H., Jr. The Gentleman’s Companion in Two Volumes: Volume One Being An Exotic Cookery Book; Volume Two Being An Exotic Drinking Book. 2 vols.

Illus. with photographic frontis. Red cloth, gilt-lettered spines, slipcase. First Trade Edition. NY: Crown Publishers, 1946.

Charles H. Baker was a writer for Esquire magazine, based in Florida, and was known as the "Town & Country Gourmet". He was regarded by the Hemingway set as the pinnacle of knowledge in all matters of the good life, notably food, drink, and travel, to the better enjoyment of which this production is dedicated. The book takes the form of a gastronomic world-tour, wittily described with anecdote and an excellent turn of phrase. The recipes themselves, drawn from around the world, are in fact none the worse for their comedic conveyance. A bit of fading to spines as well as to slipcase, else very good. 



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