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Murder in the Kitchen (Penguin Great Food #8)

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In this memoir-turned-cookbook, Alice B. Toklas describes her life with partner Gertrude Stein and their famed Paris salon, which entertained the great avant-garde and literary figures of their day.

With dry wit and characteristic understatement Toklas ponders the ethics of killing a carp in her kitchen before stuffing it with chestnuts; decorating a fish to amuse Picasso a
Paperback, 96 pages
Published April 1st 2011 by Penguin Classics (first published 1954)
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This is actually a rather interesting little travel-cook book and if the full book is like this little excerpt book, I could image reading the entire thing. My only issue with it is why couldn't Penguin add a conversion table? We don't use the cups system in the UK!

Alice B Toklas lived with Gertrude Stein in France before the start of the first world war. She did the cooking and she also collected recipes when they travelled around France. At relevant points in her tales, she will throw in a re
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Jan 12, 2016 Boo A-c rated it really liked it
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What a great start to 2016!
So it's not very often you get a lgbtq cookbook memoir! none the less a very good one. Alice's writing is absolutely excellent and there is something very lesuirely but informative about her prose. As if she is relative telling you her life story rather than a book you are reading. I'd love to try a few of the recipes as well.
Also Penguins cover design for this and the series in general is gorgeous they'd make a great present or addition to a bookshelf!
Jun 11, 2015 Rebecca rated it really liked it
Murder in the Kitchen is part of the Penguin Great Food series, featuring excerpts from various books to do with food.

Alice B. Toklas was the cook and partner of Gertrude Stein. Together they had a house where they hosted several artists and writers such as Picasso.

Alice B. Toklas had a really interesting life and this book has snippets of stories from her life. Interspersed with these stories are recipes she collected and created throughout her life.

The recipes themselves sounded really good an
Jul 01, 2013 Colin rated it did not like it
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Gertrude Stein is my partner. War's a terrible inconvenience, but we had some nice ham to help us through it. Did I mention that Gertrude Stein is my partner?
Sep 11, 2016 Tomixaroma rated it it was ok
You think it's a memoir, but in the end it's only about her and Stein always eating in the best restaurants on their trips.
Feb 01, 2016 Annie rated it really liked it
Don't expect a whodunnit, this is all about cooking, touring in France, and a lot of delicious recipes!
As mentioned on the back cover of the book, it is a "memoir-turned-cookbook".
We follow the author, Alice B. Toklas, traveling through France in the first half of the 20th century, with her partner Gertrude Stein.
In the same collection "Great Food", you can find titles as
-"The joys of excess" by Samuel Pepys
-"The pleasures of the table" by Brillat-Savarin
-"The campaign for domestic happiness" by
Sep 06, 2016 Ria rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An interesting book that is part memoir and part recipe book of the author's dining experiences.
Describing life with her partner Gertrude Stein during the years of WWI travelling across France in a broken down truck the author narrates such episodes as creating dishes for Picasso, making "Haschich fudge" and other various exploits.
Told with wit and anecdotes of the day overall it was a fascinating glimpse into cuisine at that time.
Dec 24, 2012 Nabilah rated it really liked it
This memoir cater to all kind of food lovers especially lovers of French food and it is especially suitable for people who doesn't want to be bothered by seductive photos of food and thick pages.This memoir did not have many recipes but all the recipes are worthy to try because they are unique. To sum it up, this is a perfect book to read while commuting to work or lounging at home.
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Dec 20, 2015 Lab Cat rated it it was amazing
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I enjoyed this book a mixture of travel/touring autobiography and of French cooking including some delicious sounding recipes.

I've already tried the mushroom flan svc should mention that the recipes are not for the faint of heart or inexperienced cook.
Nov 12, 2014 Jordan rated it really liked it
Be warned that this is more of a cook book with anecdotes then a story with recipes. However for a food lover such as myself it was a real treat of a quick read on a cold day over a cup of tea. Now to get hold of the gratuitous amount of butter needed for any and all of the recipes!
Oct 17, 2015 Stuart rated it it was ok I laid out one by one the sweet young corpses there was no denying one could become accustomed to murdering.

Many times I held the thought to kill a stupid. ..cook
Oct 26, 2014 Alysia rated it it was ok
Very much for those 'in the know' about Gertrude Stein and her set. Interesting at times and very short but for a book that involves wwii it was fairly dull.
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This little book made want to read the full one.
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An amusing account of life with Gertrude Stein, includes recipes.
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Alice Babette Toklas was an American-born member of the Parisian avant-garde of the early 20th century.
She was born into a middle-class Jewish family (her father had been a Polish army officer) and attended schools in both San Francisco and Seattle. For a short time she also studied music at the University of Washington.
She met Gertrude Stein in Paris on September 8, 1907, the day she arrived. T
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