Found Meals of the Lost Generation: Recipes and Anecdotes from 1920's Paris

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Press:Faber & Faber Faber & Faber (November 1994)
Publication Date:1994-11
Author Name:Suzanne Rodriguez,Suzanne Rodriquez-Hunter


Book by Rodriguez, Suzanne, Rodriquez-Hunter, Suzanne

From Publishers Weekly

Smitten by a long-ago era, Rodriguez-Hunter offers what she calls an "edible time machine," or a re-creation of the meals of American expatriates in Paris. 
Chapters focus on famous couples of the day and the food they shared with the rest of their thriving community.
The reader roams from the staid tea of Gertrude Stein's home to the sensual overload offered by artist Man Ray and his muse, Kiki, and from the cycle races of Hemingway to the salon of Picasso, where at a joyous celebration for an aging Matisse, a donkey wanders in and eats Alice B.
Toklas's hat.
The meals themselves, however, retain little of their creators' flair.
Surprisingly bland entries for cocoa and boiled potatoes compete with far too many recipes that call for rabbit.
Additionally, the recipes are laid out in paragraphs, making the food easier to read about than to cook.
But Rodriguez-Hunter ably captures the excitement and romance of the period, and her description of Langston Hughes bidding farewell to his lover over heavy cream and tiny strawberries is particularly moving.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Booklist

The Lost Generation, precursor to the sixties generation, has held its lure inside and outside of literary circles for a very long time. 
In this curious hybrid of cookbook and literary history, the legends surrounding Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Stein, Picasso, and so many other artistic types are conveyed by anecdotes and the author's "found meals." The feast begins with a party for Rousseau, put together with little money and a lot of bacchanalian style.
Some of the meals are more authentic than others, and none is adjusted for today's austere tastes.
But who wouldn't be delighted by Alice B.
Toklas' jugged hare with boiled potatoes and appropriate red wine; Jimmy the Bartender's aphrodisiacal mixture of Pernod, Amer-Picon, and kirsch; or Les Halles' onion soup at dawn.
The bits of news, particularly about the lesser-known Lost--Harry Crosby, Kiki, Natalie Barney, and Robert McAlmon, all giants among the other members of the group--are revealing.
All in all, it's quite a taste for the time, a portable picnic.
Bonnie Smothers


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Comment List (Total:7)

  •     By all means, read this book for the recipes, but that is all it is, a cookbook. Don't read it for the narrative. For an author who claims to want to share her love of a generation, she knows precious little about it. One would think she would have read more. The number of factual errors is astounding. Irritating. Where is Dorothy Parker? Where are the biscuits and toppings and dry sherry made so famous by the Murphy's? Although the food is mentioned time and again in the many biographies, it is nice to read the actual recipes, except for Zelda's, which she had penned herself. Not worth it.
  •     really enjoy!
  •     Dynamic, and conceptually unique, this book is filled with fascinating anecdotes, quotes, and recipes from the likes of Gertrude Stein, Hemingway, Rousseau and on... For, "Living one's art" was a commonplace philosophy for many of the lengends (and some obscures) who are included in this charming book. Food, drink and love! (Joyce's oysters and Jimmie's aphrodisiac) What better kindling for inspiration is there?
  •     Great insight into The Lost Generation. Great recipes too!
  •     I give this book the highest rating because of the wonderful anecdotes and recipes chosen by Ms. Rodriguez-Hunter. Paris and France in this era are favorite reading topics and I appreciate the creative mind that put these delightful chapters together. The chicken and morel dish was such a hit with my friends, I substituted oven-dried tomatoes for fresh and got an astoundingly rich flavor in the sauce. I can't wait to work my way through more recipes.
  •     A must have book for people interested in the history of the writers who spent time in the city of lights in the 1920's.Found the history of he characters , good and the recipes very interesting cant wait to try some. Good details in the needed ingredients and technics.
  •     This wonderful book - that reads like a fine collection of short stories - makes Paris in the heyday of its expatriate invasion come alive like no other I've read. Hemingway, Stein, Fitzgerald at al lived and wrote and feuded in Paris like nobody else ever will again, but what they ate is still there and available to us all. The food and its aromas that rise out of the pages of this charming, beautifully written book send me back to that time and place like the most vivid time machine. Suzanne Rodriguez-Hunter is as authoritive with her food as she is with her Lost Parisans, and her book will go with me the next time I go to Paris. Meanwhile it brings a heady whiff of Paris home to me.

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