Menus: A Book for Your Meals and Memories
By Jacques Pépin
For more than fifty years, Jacques Pépin has chronicled his menus for parties for friends, birthdays, anniversaries, and holidays in handsome hand-illustrated books. On one side, inside a painted border featuring produce, flowers, or birds, he lists the dishes he served. On the opposite side, his guests sign their names and memorialize the occasion.
For Menus, Jacques selected his favorite illustrations of the last half-century, where hosts can document their own celebratory meals and the wines that accompany them. With an introduction by Pépin, this dinner diary is both a practical register of what dishes were served to which guests and an invaluable archive of memories.
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