Alice B. Toklas

Susan Valensky 3rd hour


Author of The Alice B. Toklas Cookbook published in 1954 and along with Gertrude Stein owned liveliest and artistic salons in Paris from 1907-1946. Also she wrote stories about her famous acquaintances including F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, and Pablo Picasso.


1. In 1934 Stein published her Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas which focused on Stein mainly but the dry humor is heard in Toklas's voice, Toklas gained considerable notoriety and became a household word once the book reached America.

2. Her most famous recipe was "Haschich Fudge" which is a sweet desert that includes marijuana.

Life in Paris:

1. Set off to Paris on September 8,1907. That same day she met Gertrude Stein.

2. Toklas felt trapped and was unhappy living at her first home in San Francisco so as soon as she was granted a loan she traveled far away to Paris.

3. 27 Rue de Fleurus is where Toklas and Gertrude lived together for 40 years.

4. Operating there artistic salons influenced very famous twentieth century artists and writers.