Dinner at Omar Khayyam's Cookbook is from the former LEGENDARY Armenian restaurant with a Persian name located in San Francisco, California and it was outstanding even in that gourmet's paradise. George Mardikian reveals the culinary secrets which made his dining establishment so famous!!
COLLECTOR’S 1944 true first edition vintage hardcover cookbook - Dinner at Omar Khayyam's, by George Mardikian. Foreword by William Saroyan. Joseph Henry Jackson has written a delightful introduction which is really a mouth-watering essay on the pleasure of dining out in San Francisco.
Original wartime publication that states on copyright page: This edition is produced in full compliance with all war production board conservation orders. Publisher: The Viking Press, New York, NY. Copyright: 1944 by George Mardikian. First Published by the Viking Press in November 1944, second printing December 1944. No isbn. Not ex-library.
Omar Khayyam's was located in the basement of a building at 200 Powell Street in San Francisco. After passing photographs of Mardikian "breaking bread" with various notable people - including Dwight Eisenhower and Eleanor Roosevelt, diners would descend into the cavernous, sumptuously decorated restaurant below.
On the left at the bottom of the stairs was the Rubaiyat lounge with velvet banquettes, low Persian lamps, and a gleaming chrome cash register. Tables in the restaurant were contained in curtained chambers out of the Arabian Nights decorated with wall-hangings and inscriptions from The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam. Mardikian would customarily "break bread" (a special flat bread served at the restaurant) with his diners as a sign of hospitality.
The recipes are for a mix of Armenian, Middle Eastern, and African cooking prepared in the Armenian fashion, but seasoned to the American palate. Dishes are exotic and different, but thrifty, healthful, and easy, even for amateur chefs, to prepare. His food is sophisticated enough for parties, but economical and well balanced enough to serve to the whole family. partly autobiography -- partly reminiscences of San Francisco -- and largely recipes of specialties not only of Omar Khayyam's but of eastern dishes.
George Mardikian (1903 – 1977) was an Armenian-American restaurateur, chef, author and philanthropist who opened the well-known Omar Khayyam's restaurant in San Francisco in 1938.
Chapters: Here's How America, Madzoon, Appetizers and Cocktails, Soups, Salads, Eggs, Fish, Bread, Pasta, Fowl, Pilaff, Meats, Vegetables, Desserts and Complete Index.
Hardcover, 8 1/2" by 6", white illustration front and spine titles on blue cloth boards, 150pages. Excellent vintage condition for age. Pages not used in a kitchen. Binding tight. Pages excellent for age/bright/no tears or writing/mostly clean/light shelfwear-normal age yellowing for wartime paper/ffep foxing. Cover good/spine tight/general shelfwear.
Do not pass up this must have collector's gem; will make an exceptional gift for yourself or someone special in your life!!
1944 ‘Dinner at Omar Khayyam's’, Chef George Mardikian, Famous San Francisco Armenian Restaurant, RARE First Edition, Wartime Publication, Middle Eastern Recipes, Restaurateur, OUT-OF-PRINT
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