James Beards Fireside Cook Book - A Complete Guide to Fine Cooking for Beginner and Expert Containing 1217 Recipes and Over 400 Color Pictures" was written by James Beard and illustrated by Alice and Martin Provensen. Published by Simon and Schuster and copyright 1949, this is the fourth in over the twenty books that James Beard wrote.
The dust jacket reads, "James Beard's Fireside Cook Book is based on this brilliantly simple idea. Here are 800 superb basic recipes and their 400 fascinating variations. Each is so clearly explained that a novice can follow it -- with impressive results. Yet this collection is elegant enough for the most meticulous master chef or the most ambitious hostess. A beautiful, informative and inspiring gift for every cook who cares."
The book is complete with its dust jacket. It has yellow illustrated board covers and is 332 pages in length with an index. The frontispiece has a number and printed in ink in the top right corner. Otherwise the pages are clean and the binding is tight. The dust jacket has some soiling and chipping on the edges and spine normal shelf wear to a book of this age.