“Annemarie’s Personal Cook Book” by Annemarie Huste. Published by Batholomew House Ltd. in 1968, this is a second printing, so stated. The cookbook is a hard cover measuring 6 x 9 inches with 336 pages, it is in fair used condition with wear to the covers but flipping through, the pages are clean and unmarked.
Annemarie Huste was personal chef to Jacqueline Kennedy from 1964 to 1968. She had been the gourmet chef and housekeeper to America’s great showman Bill Rose prior to this. Heads of state and famous personalities from every walk of life came to know the unparalleled arts of cuisine and fine entertainment mastered by Annemarie. This culminated in the publishing of this cookbook. In addition to the 150 recipes, there is a feast of stories, advice, and short-cuts. The New York Times said “from just a little something special” about pistachio ice cream, or things a beginner can do in minutes to a hamburger to win a man’s heart…..to wonderfully simple advice about elegant cuisine and gracious entertaining…..here is a fun cookbook.” There is a special section on meals for children which includes anecdotes about how she even charmed the Kennedy children into eating spinach. Huste’s career as private chef to Jacqueline Kennedy came to an abrupt and much-publicized end in April 1968 when she was fired for talking to the press in an interview with Weight Watchers wherein she chronicled Mrs. Kennedy’s weight loss. This, however, did not dampen her spirits. Ms. Huste went on to work as the executive chef for The Saturday Evening Post and Gourmet magazine and opened a cooking school in her Murray Hill townhouse in Manhattan. Ms. Huste wrote several more cookbooks, including “Annemarie’s Cooking School Cookbook” (1974) and “Good Food” (1979).
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