Monday, 11 May 2009

Dinner On A Toothpick



I'm being quite bookish at the moment, I hope you don't mind? So, well I picked up this book a couple of weeks ago, attracted of course, by the darling fun cover and excitable title 'Dinner On A Toothpick'.

The book was published in 1971, and written by Josephine Camille and Gail Johnson, the two wives of the creative executives of an enormous advertising agency.

The flyleaf says 'Choosing to enjoy their own parties rather than visiting them briefly and moistly from the kitchen, they refined the structure of the Cocktail Buffet and adapted the recipes - via friends, travel and espionage - to provide maximum style with minimum fuss.' Pioneers in their field!

And inside there's so much more to love, aside from the perfect little drawings, it makes me want to put on a pinny and rustle a little something up - who's for Flaming Rum Sausages, Shrimp Olympia o
r perhaps some Drumsticks Houston?











12 comments:

Meg said...

Love the book and your blog and so I am giving you the Lemonade Award. More details on my blog.
Megx

Jane O Sullivan said...

you'd find it !
well its totally wonderful and of its time , it reminds me of dancing to k-tel records(particularly" ..knock three times on the ceiling if you want me ..twice on the pipe if the answer is noooooo...oh my darling...." ) at my parents friends house and babs (who was v.giddy),sneaking me and my sister "snowballs" in the kitchen (warnicks advocaat and lemonade ) which she insisted had to have a glace cherry on a cocktail stick ,its ok ,luckily I didn't develop a drink issue !
Hey ,aren't the colours bonkers !
I love the decapitated hands stuck into the quavers ..too funny !

zwergenrocker said...

so nice, love the drawings.

Naomi Devlin said...

Bring it over on thursday! I need to know more about shrimp olympia and flaming rum suasages!

I think I love the cockerel and hens best, but I really want a dress like the acid yellow boat neck at the top - doesn't she make her friend in the pink scoop neck look positively brassy?

x x x

Laura said...

What great things you have been finding. So lovely to look at.

Francesca said...

oh it's so great nath! instantly reminds me of abigail's party! and what fab illustrations. god, if i started collecting vintage books that really would be the end of me.

onírica said...

piy!
.:)

Fine Little Day said...

The coloring is so appealing, good find!

cabin + cub said...

Great find! Love the simple illustration style ;)

erin@designcrisis said...

That last image is kind of hilarious, like the people are turning their noses up at dessert.

Not me!

sara said...

maybe something for the weekend, middag på en tandpetare, dinner on a toothpick in swedish:)

Jane said...

Dinner, on a toothpick, what a deligh! Really enjoyed your blog...