Maira Kalman and Alice B. Toklas

By Kay Gardiner
April 19, 2020

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  • Love this. Love love love it. Thank you for sharing it 🙂

    • Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! I read the famous autobiography and own the cookbook. Toklas’s essay Murder in the Kitchen is a great piece of comic writing. I can’t wait to buy the book. Toklas and Kalman. What not to love? Miriam

  • OMG–thank you–I needed that. I do love this woman. And there’s a book!

    • Awesome! Thanks so much!

  • Dancing down the rainy night sidewalk! The whole film was a delight, thank you!

  • Maira, you have brought it once again.

  • What a WONDERFUL treat!!! Makes me want a hot dog!! A real day brightener. THANK YOU!!

  • I love this vignette, I discovered my school library had an Alice B Toklas cook book on it’s shelves when I was about 14,1965, it was the infamous version with the hashish fudge recipe, she in-stilled in me a life long love of cooking and was influential in my decision to become a chef [against much parental opposition] a decision I have never regretted, now retired I split my time between cooking, knitting and gardening.

  • And if you want to know how the kids are doing: here’s a real uplifting YouTube.

    • That is so cute!

  • Oh my…. this was so bazaar that I just couldn’t put it down. Now I can’t stop pondering.

  • Wonderful petit video. Put a smile on my face!

  • I can’t believe how much I love this. Thank you thank you!

    • Loved this letter and have been reading the archives! You guys are the best!

  • Wait, you weren’t too Omaha North High? What year did you graduate?

  • delightful! ordered the book from a local bookstore. thank you.

  • Absolutely brilliant! One of your best… it gave me such a chuckle. ✅

  • Omigod, I love her so much! Thank you for this.

  • Do you suppose her choice of Satie’s Gymnopaedie was a nod to My Dinner with Andre? One of my all time favorite pieces of music, and movies. Delightful! I also wonder how she decided on the accent/voice?

  • Love this . Makez me think.

  • I can’t find the bookmark for this entry, which I know it’s quite possibly a result of me losing my mind.

  • Love love love this! Suddenly I’m 19 again and taking my first writing workshop in NYC

  • I loved this-sweet, funny, sad, wistful. A year ago my family and I were walking the streets of Paris and I love the streets of New York.