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This is an actual double-spread, 2-page illustration removed from a vintage edition of the 1949 cookbook, "The Fireside Cook Book" by James Beard (the book itself had lost its spine and was too damaged to be sold intact). Illustration by Alice and Martin Provensen.

Condition issues: Distinct crease down the middle from the center fold of the page. Tiny holes along crease from where pages were sewn. Light age-tanning to paper.

Please note: Image 1 here shows a detail (and more accurate color); Image 2 shows entire double-page spread.

Size: Page is approximately 14-3/4 x 9-7/8 inches. The reverse is text and some small illustrations, about salads.

Witty, lively, colorful illustration for the text: "Four persons are wanted to make a salad -- A spendthrift for oil, a miser for vinegar, a counselor for salt, and a madman to stir it all up." A border shows various salad ingredients. Mouth-watering!

The noted American author-illustrator team of Alice and Martin Provensen created more than 50 children's books, among other projects, and were twice awarded the Caldecott Medal. Martin designed Kellogg's Tony the Tiger character.

"The Fireside Cook Book" is chock-full of the Provensens' witty artwork, and is a really nice general cookbook (1,217 recipes!) with 1940s flair. It's worth seeking out a good used copy. This copy wasn't good, but I couldn't let such fine pictures go to waste.

This handsome page of vintage illustration and culinary history would look wonderful framed. Inspirational decor for a period kitchen; great gift for the chef, veggie-lover, or gardener in your life!


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Salad Makers vintage midcentury illustration page Alice and Martin Provensen lettuce - Free U.S. shipping


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