[COOKERY RECIPIES]. "As We Like It": Cookery Recipes by Famous People, comprising approximately 160 original autograph manuscripts signed (a small proportion typewritten) contributed by a range of American and British celebrities for a cookbook, As We Like It, edited by Kenneth Downey. v.p., v.d. [published 1950]. Together 192 pages, 8vo-4to, tipped into, loosely inserted, mounted or written directly onto pages of a folio album, hand-lettered title-page with drawing by H.M. Bateman, typed foreword signed by Edna Mountbatten of Burma, orange morocco gilt, gilt-lettered upper cover, gilt spine, a few pages wrinkled, the binding slightly rubbed.
AS WE LIKE IT: A CHARITY COOK-BOOK FOR RETURNED BRITISH PRISONERS OF WAR
A highly unusual collection of manuscripts from a broad assortment of statesmen, authors, critics, socialites and cinema personalities; proceeds from the the published book were used to aid recently returned prisoners of war. Contributors include: George Bernard Shaw (AMsS: "I do not eat cooked food...All the cookery books known to me...prescribe so many ingredients that they could be of use only to a universal grocer, butcher, and international provision business..."), Eleanor Roosevelt, Bess Truman, Aldous Huxley, Clementine Churchill (AMsS, "Chocolate Cake"), Sir Laurence Olivier, Earl of Sandwich ("Cut two slices of bread of medium thickness..."), Richard Rodgers, Ed Sullivan, Katharine Hepburn, Vivien Leigh, Nancy Astor, Sir Adrian Boult, Benjamin Britten, Noel Coward (AMsS, "Oeufs Pavillon"), Douglas Fairbanks, Kirsten Flagstad, Margot Fontaine, Katherine Hepburn, Evelyn Waugh (AMsS, "Mulled Claret"), Charles Morgan (AMsS, "I am incapable of recipies, never having in all my life cooked anything but toast...")