A celebratory collection of festive meals—his own and those cooked by others—taken from Claiborne’s personal journals. While most of the Times recipe books have brief headnotes, if any, this book more than compensates with charming stories of those meals enjoyed. They are all interesting and well worth reading about, even if one does not expect to cook them—though recipes are included if one is so inclined.
You’ll find menus for a snowstorm, a Mongolian hot pot, “A Disastrous Fourth of July Picnic,” a North Carolina barbecue, a clambake, and a Creole feast, among many others.
Memorable Meals is a handsomely designed book filled with interesting, appropriate full color artwork by Claiborne’s many friends such as Edward Giobbi and Jacques Pepin. Our copy is a Near Fine first printing with a Near Fine jacket. Good fun.