Not Quite a Book Review: “Jim Beard’s Complete Cookbook for Entertaining”

I had ramen for lunch and dinner on Tuesday, as I meandered up the 101 from San Jose back to wine country. The first stop was at Santuoku in San Jose, followed a few hours later by Ramen Dojo in San Mateo. Both were very amazing, and very different bowls of soup. In between, I found this old copy of “Jim Beard’s Complete Cookbook for Entertaining,” published in 1954. It was $5 at B Street Books in San Mateo. Aside from its obvious connection to James Beard, I really admired the 1950s-era design of the book, especially the end-papers. Please click any image to super-size, if you like. I’ll save the ramen discussion for later, believe me.

The cover.

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One end-paper.

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Random illustration.

1 comment to Not Quite a Book Review: “Jim Beard’s Complete Cookbook for Entertaining”

  • Yes, you did make it to the top 12. That wasn’t easy. I’ll miss your recipes, but it was nice to see your chef skills. Very impressive. You were 45 minutes away from what I call home– Carmel/Monterey. I don’t know San Jose very much– except for Santa Row.
    I hope you surprise us with a recipe, from time-to-time Relax and enjoy. I can only imagine the hard work you put into the challenge.
    Debby

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