The Gentleman's Companion Volume 1: Being an Exotic Cookery Book or, Around the World With Knife, Fork and Spoon, by Charles H. Baker, Jr. Crown Publishers: New York, 1946. Contents, Foreward, Index, pp.220.
This is a very interesting cookbook with recipes from around the world. Some are a bit exotic but all are interesting. The author details where he found the recipe and discusses the finished product. Chapters include such headings as: "Soups from Far & Wide", "Fishes from the Seven Seas" and "Game of All Sorts". They are well written and entertaining.
This is a good book to own if you want to have an exotic or gormet dinner with your bourbon party.
The Gentleman's Companion Volume II: Being an Exotic Drinking Book or, Around the World With Jigger, Beaker and Flask, by Charles H. Baker, Jr. Crown Publishers: New York, 1946. Contents, Foreward, Index, pp. 217.
This volume is similar to volume one except it deals with drink. The lone illustration in the book is in the first pages and shows two people with Julep Glasses with the caption "The Mint Julep is one of Mankind's Truly Civilized Inventions". That sets the tone for the rest of the book. He describes different cocktails and other drinks found around the world. Some of the Chapters include: "A Design for Drinking", "A Company of 267 Assorted Potations", Kernels of Advice" and "Miscellaneous Bar Equipment". The stories behind the recipes are are intertaining and educational. Most of them were collected overseas in the 1920's and 30's so there there is also historical interest as well as practical use to the recipes. This is a very good book for the home bar.