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September 16, 1939

The Stag at Ease: A Cookbook. Being the Culinary Preferences of a Number of Distinguished Male Citizens of the World

JAMA. 1939;113(12):1157. doi:10.1001/jama.1939.02800370073042

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This is a culinary scrapbook giving the favorite recipes of a number of distinguished male citizens of the world. As with all such collections, the reviewer wonders why every one of these famous people likes something different. Of course they do not. Many of them must prefer corned beef and cabbage. A great many must, as does Louis Bromfield, pick vegetable soup; no doubt this would apply to many another one of the recipes. The book is assembled cleverly and is full of fascinating information. H. L. Mencken likes varied food but at present prefers Chesapeake crabs. Christopher Morley's favorite breakfast is fried apples with Philadelphia scrapple and toasted corn pone. Ogden Nash can eat shad roe and bacon until the shad go home. Ed Sullivan likes Irish stew, and T. S. Stribling likes fried chicken livers. Mark Sullivan says it is "sirloin steak with fried onions, endive salad," and

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