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TITLE: PRIVATE COLLECTIONS: A CULINARY TREASURE, WALTERS ART GALLERY
AUTHOR: Edited by Janet E. C. Wurtzburger, in collaboration with Mac K. Griswold
PUBLISHER, COPYRIGHT INFO: The Women's Committee of the Walters Art Gallery, 1973
DESCRIPTION: Oversize hardcover, no dust jacket, 8 1/2" x 9", 254 pp.
BLURB/FLYLEAF: When the Walters Art Gallery decided to form a Women's Committee it seemed a delightful and unexpected idea to broaden the Gallery's scope by offering a new twist - classes in the art of cooking. Naturally, these were not to be of the thick-white-sauce variety.
With never a second thought this institution, which had long welcomed scholars from here and abroad to study its vast collections, enticed a new group of students - this time by presenting the finest available authors and teachers of haute cuisine from James Beard in America to Muriel Downes in England. Once a year, for the better part of a week, talk of food swirls around the Gallery like butter in a pan; every member of the staff can discuss the relative merits of a beurre manie and egg yolks as thickeners for a sauce.
The logical next step in this course of events was to offer a cookbook - one which would reflect the maturing knowledge and interest in the culinary arts of the Walters' friends. A postal card was sent to all the Members of the Gallery asking them to share their most cherished recipes for a book to be named Private Collections. In response more than a thousand recipes poured in, reflecting a variety of life styles: the grand manner for which Old Baltimore is famous, and the simple, do-it-yourself manner of the present.
By larding the book with pictures from the rich fare of the Walters collection it is hoped that it will portray handsomely the enduring interest in the art of cooking throughout the ages and that this book can take its place among the other volumes for which The Walters Art Gallery is so justly famous.
CONDITION BOOK: Very good, with tight binding, clean and bright pages. Spine is slightly rolled. Neat penciled notes concerning the recipes from a former owner FFEP.
CONDITION DUST JACKET: None present. Covers show normal overall shelf wear.