Publication: Imprimerie Transatlantique, 1974, Paris
13 1/2" x 9 1/2" with beautiful color artwork by Jean A. Mercier on front cover showing a nude young woman sitting at the edge of the ocean and being serenaded by a gentleman who is sitting on a rock opposite her. Rear cover offers words to "El Disdichado," by Gerard de Nerval. The S.S. France was one of the last transatlantic liners. "One area given an unusual amount of attention was the ship's kitchens; 1,500 square meters in area, and placed almost amidships, between the two dining rooms which the one kitchen served. It was thought by the CGT directors that the France would not only display the best in French art and design, but also French cuisine. The kitchens were equipped with the most advanced machinery available, as well as many traditional cooking aides, including a stove that was 12 meters long and 2.5 meters wide. Staffed with 180 of France's best cooks, sauce and pastry chefs, rotisserie cooks, head waiters and wine stewards, this team made the France one of the finest restaurants in the world." This is reflected in the menu offerings. Chef des Cuisines: Henri Le Huede. The menu is offered in French on the inside of the front page; the menu is offered in English on the facing page. Light bumping to corners. A wonderful menu with cover art that is highly collected.
Inventory Number: 39924