The Compleat Imbiber: An Entertainment 11 (Edited by Cyril Ray)

The Compleat Imbiber: An Entertainment 11 (Edited by Cyril Ray) lands on the shelves of my shop, where it will be found in my Food & Drink section. priced at just £5.00!

London: Hutchinson, 1970, (First Edition) Hardback in dust wrapper.

Contains: Black & white photographs; Facsimiles; Black & white drawings; Frontispiece; Photographic end papers & blanks;

From the cover: This famous miscellany of good living enters its second decade as lively as ever and, thanks to Charles Hasler, its designer, as prettily produced.

Cyril Ray, its editor, has gathered together some more than usually amusing light verse, as well as a more serious piece from Vernon Watkins, and there are accounts of time-honoured browsings and sluicings at the two older universities.

Chiefly, though, this years theme is of more exotic adventures in gastronomy. Charles Parr reports upon snake chop suey from the Far East, and Alan Brien goes west and fares worse. Robin McDouall travels in time, rather than space, to the Gay Gastronomic Twenties. A famous novelist, Sarah Gainham, investigates the historic origins of goulash, and Jane Grigson the provenance of prunes, while Elizabeth Ray cocks a cooks eye at the sauce bottle.

There are articles on the longest wine list in the world, on a distinguished old-fashioned champagne house, and on the worlds best restaurants; there are two most unusual short stories, and Anthony Powell throws new light on Proust.

And, as always, the Compleat Imbibers immensely knowledgeable guide on what wines, in 1971, to buy for profit and to drink with pleasure. All for the price of a bottle of fizz its at least as sparkling, and lasts longer!

Very Good in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Price Clipped.

Red boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 224 pages. 10″ x 6¼”.

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