Alice B. Toklas

American born writer and cookbook author

Professional Life

Toklas could be described as Stein's muse, housekeeper, secretary, and cook. She helped Stein publicize and publish her writings and even wrote some of her own. Her most famous writings were The Alice B. Toklas Cookbook and What Is Remembered, a memoir.

Life in Paris

Alice B. Toklas was born in San Francisco but moved to Paris in 1907 where she met Gertrude Stein. Toklas and Stein became close friends and then lovers. Together they often hosted salons; a social gathering where people discussed literacy, philosophy, and other topics. At these salons, Toklas became acquainted with people like Hemingway, Sherwood Anderson, Picasso, and Matisse.