Possibly the most impressively illustrated cook book in the history of mid century recipe tomes is The Fireside Cook Book by James A. Beard first published in 1949. A heavy duty, square-bound hardcover, and over 300 pages long, this "complete guide to fine dining for beginners and experts" contains over 1200 recipes and over 400 beautiful illustrations by my favorite artistic dynamic duo ever, Alice and Martin Provensen (find out more about them by clicking HERE! or just google their names for endless examples of their fabulous children's book illustrations.) Bursting with gorgeous color, and so many imaginative lay-outs it'll seriously make your head explode-- throughout the entire month of August 2015 we will be opening the pages of this wonderful collection and taking a look at various highlights, so keep checking back for more-- Bon Appétit!