James Beard’s American Cookery


The Washington Post has hailed American Cookery as “his chef d’oeuvre, [it] should take a place on the narrow shelf reserved for major American culinary literature.” And Time has called it “[t]he bible of American cooking by ‘the king of gourmets’.” “The beauty of this book is that it allows you . . . to experience firsthand what made James Beard special and unique. His voice can be heard through his no-nonsense recipes and the choices he made that celebrated even simple, humble dishes for what they were: good food.” (Colicchio, 2010). This is a rare 1st edition copy of this classic in wonderful condition. It would make a great gift for the serious “foodie” in your life. Perhaps, that is you!


James Beard, James Beard’s American Cookery, Little, Brown and Company, Boston, 1972, 1st, 877 including index, NEAR FINE/GOOD. Pages are clean, crisp and tight with no markings or stains. Binding is tight. Nameplate on front endpaper, otherwise would be As New. The coverboards show no wear and have tight corners. It appears as the copy was never used as a working cookbook. The unclipped dust jacket shows some wear on edges.