Very Good / Very Good. Item #5692
New York: Clarkson N. Potter, 1984. Stated First Edition with full numberline. Signed by Lang on half title to journalist William Safire and his wife Helene with inscription "A portion of the past and present to my dear friends Helene and Bill Safire, with singular affection, George Lang."
Octavo; 87pp. Illustrated dust jacket with original $10.95 price; book in mauve cloth-covered boards with gilt lettering to spine. Jacket is clean and crisp with only very faint shelfwear. Boards are sturdy and square. Binding is sound and pages unmarked.
Lang was a Hungarian-born food and travel writer and restaurateur. He was imprisoned in a labor camp in 1944, but escaped and joined the pro-Nazi Arrow Cross to hide his identity. After the liberation of Budapest, he changed his name and moved to the United States, where he worked as a chef. He later worked as director of The Four Seasons before starting his own restaurant consulting company. Safire wrote the introduction to his 1980 book Lang's Compendium of Culinary Nonsense and Trivia.