Sunset Books’ Picnics and Tailgate Parties (1982)

Sunset Books’ Picnics and Tailgate Parties (1982)

Good advice for packing a picnic: “Pack the unbreakable items first, the French bread last of all.” See Cornelia Fogle. ed. Sunset Books, Picnics and Tailgate Parties. Menlo Park, California: Lane Publishing, 1982  
Alice Toklas’   The Alice B. Toklas Cookbook (1954)

Alice Toklas’ The Alice B. Toklas Cookbook (1954)

The Alice B. Toklas Cookbook (1954) suggests that chopped roast beef and chopped chicken with mushrooms make the best picnic sandwiches. However, when these were not enough, Toklas and her partner Gertrude Stein stopped at restaurants where they might dine on Morvan...
Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec’s Partie de Campagne (1897)

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec’s Partie de Campagne (1897)

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec’s Partie de Campagne, an 1897 lithograph, depicts a couple going off to spend a day in the country. Lautrec makes a visual pun by having a dog run behind the conveyance known as a dogcart. According to French usage of the day, Lautrec prefers...
Linda Larned’s One Hundred Picnic Suggestions (1915)

Linda Larned’s One Hundred Picnic Suggestions (1915)

The first explicit picnic cookbook is Linda Hull Larned’s One Hundred Picnic Suggestions. It is so strongly associated with motoring that the cover shows a picnic basket, sandwiches, and thermos in the foreground and a motorcar in the background. Larned makes no...