Claiborne capitalized on his increasing popularity by writing this small volume for beginners; it quickly became a strong seller. Stressing kitchen basics, such as techniques, equipment, and creating a pantry, the book also contains a substantial number of recipes—generally simple but relatively uncompromising in character, steering clear of packaged ingredients and shortcuts that compromise quality. The Kitchen Primer takes a light and cheerful approach, which is supported by a lively design and good-humored illustrations by Tom Funk.
Rather than sticking to the bare basics of boiling water and making toast, Claiborne teaches enthusiastically and builds confidence in the novice to go ahead and try what otherwise might be intimidating dishes—omelets, souffles, sauces, and roasts. Still a great resource more than fifty years later!
Our copy is a stated first edition, signed by Claiborne and inscribed to a previous owner. It is in Very Good condition, clean and unmarked. The jacket bears a ¾” closed tear to the top front edge but is otherwise in Very Good shape with minimal shelfwear.