Alice B Toklas Cookbook, The [Electric Decade]

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01Onion Soup20200824In this new drama by Sarah Woods the story of the first half of the twentieth century, the modern age, is told through the lens of the food grown, purchased, cooked and served by Alice B Toklas for her partner Gertrude Stein and their eclectic and talented guests.

First published in 1954 and one of the bestselling cookbooks of all time, a "mingling of recipes and reminiscence", we follow this couple as they eat their way around France and America, being painted by Picasso and written about by Hemingway.

In human terms, this is a story about Gertrude's determination and desire for success and it explores the lives of two women whose lives challenged so many norms - yet who knew that, in France, a potato salad must always be served surrounded by chicory.

Episode 1: Onion Soup
In which Gertrude is photographed by a new arrival in Paris and Alice shares her recipe and thoughts:

'Onion soup is a slow evolution in a new direction, which is the way great art is created - that is , everything is ready for it, and one person having the vision does it, discarding what they find unnecessary in the past.'

CAST:
ALICE.... Deborah Findlay
GERTRUDE STEIN.... Sharon D Clarke
MAN RAY.... Rupert Evans

Writer: Sarah Woods
Producer/Director: Celia de Wolff
Sound Engineer: David Thomas
Production Co-ordinator: Sarah Tombling

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4

The Jazz Age of the 1920s. Recipes and relationships are explored with Alice B Toklas.

Classic titles that influenced and characterised the Jazz Age of the 1920s.

02A Flan Of Mushrooms20200825In this new drama by Sarah Woods the story of the first half of the twentieth century, the modern age, is told through the lens of the food grown, purchased, cooked and served by Alice B Toklas for her partner Gertrude Stein and their eclectic and talented guests.

First published in 1954 and one of the bestselling cookbooks of all time, a "mingling of recipes and reminiscence", we follow this couple as they eat their way around France and America, being painted by Picasso and written about by Hemingway.

In human terms, this is a story about Gertrude's determination and desire for success and it explores the lives of two women whose lives challenged so many norms - yet who knew that, in France, a potato salad must always be served surrounded by chicory.

Episode 2: A Flan of Mushrooms
In which Gertrude talks frankly to Ernest Hemingway and Alice prepares a creamy flan while 'I thought about... how such big events like wars change our habits, our cooking and eventually our way of life.'

CAST:
ALICE.... Deborah Findlay
GERTRUDE STEIN.... Sharon D Clarke
ERNEST HEMINGWAY.... Carl Prekopp

Writer: Sarah Woods
Producer/Director: Celia de Wolff
Sound Engineer: David Thomas
Production Co-ordinator: Sarah Tombling

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4

The Jazz Age of the 1920s. Recipes and relationships are explored with Alice B Toklas.

Classic titles that influenced and characterised the Jazz Age of the 1920s.

03Bass For Picasso20200826In this new drama by Sarah Woods the story of the first half of the twentieth century, the modern age, is told through the lens of the food grown, purchased, cooked and served by Alice B Toklas for her partner Gertrude Stein and their eclectic and talented guests.

First published in 1954 and one of the bestselling cookbooks of all time, a "mingling of recipes and reminiscence", we follow this couple as they eat their way around France and America, being painted by Picasso and written about by Hemingway.

In human terms, this is a story about Gertrude's determination and desire for success and it explores the lives of two women whose lives challenged so many norms - yet who knew that, in France, a potato salad must always be served surrounded by chicory.

Episode 3: Bass for Picasso
In which Gertrude mourns her friend and looks forward to the arrival of Basket and Alice reflects on how 'I have met many important people, several great people, but only three times in my life have I met a genius.'

CAST:
ALICE.... Deborah Findlay
GERTRUDE STEIN.... Sharon D Clarke
PICASSO.... Paterson Joseph

Writer: Sarah Woods
Producer/Director: Celia de Wolff
Sound Engineer: David Thomas
Production Co-ordinator: Sarah Tombling

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4

The Jazz Age of the 1920s. Recipes and relationships are explored with Alice B Toklas.

Classic titles that influenced and characterised the Jazz Age of the 1920s.

04Scheherezade's Melon20200827In this new drama by Sarah Woods the story of the first half of the twentieth century, the modern age, is told through the lens of the food grown, purchased, cooked and served by Alice B Toklas for her partner Gertrude Stein and their eclectic and talented guests.

First published in 1954 and one of the bestselling cookbooks of all time, a "mingling of recipes and reminiscence", we follow this couple as they eat their way around France and America, being painted by Picasso and written about by Hemingway.

In human terms, this is a story about Gertrude's determination and desire for success and it explores the lives of two women whose lives challenged so many norms - yet who knew that, in France, a potato salad must always be served surrounded by chicory.

Episode 4: Scheherezade's Melon
In which Gertrude is invited to Cambridge and Alice thinks she should go: 'I do feel that your actual presence in England would help the cause. A personality does help to convince half-intelligent people.'

CAST:
ALICE.... Deborah Findlay
GERTRUDE STEIN.... Sharon D Clarke
EDITH SITWELL.... Jane Slavin
LEONARD WOOLF.... Robert Glenister
DEAN.... Carl Prekopp
DON.... Tom Glenister

Writer: Sarah Woods
Producer/Director: Celia de Wolff
Sound Engineer: David Thomas
Production Co-ordinator: Sarah Tombling

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4

The Jazz Age of the 1920s. Recipes and relationships are explored with Alice B Toklas.

Classic titles that influenced and characterised the Jazz Age of the 1920s.

05Alice's Cookies20200828In this new drama by Sarah Woods the story of the first half of the twentieth century, the modern age, is told through the lens of the food grown, purchased, cooked and served by Alice B Toklas for her partner Gertrude Stein and their eclectic and talented guests.

First published in 1954 and one of the bestselling cookbooks of all time, a "mingling of recipes and reminiscence", we follow this couple as they eat their way around France and America, being painted by Picasso and written about by Hemingway.

In human terms, this is a story about Gertrude's determination and desire for success and it explores the lives of two women whose lives challenged so many norms - yet who knew that, in France, a potato salad must always be served surrounded by chicory.

Episode 5: Alice's Cookies
In which Gertrude and Alice set off on their travels, meeting up with their friend Lily de Gramont and attempting to persuade a tenant to vacate their dream house. As our travels and reflections with Alice and Gertrude draw to a close, Alice reflects that 'To cook as the French do, one must respect the quality and flavor of the ingredients. Exaggeration is not admissible. Flavours are not amalgamative. These qualities are not purchasable, but they may be cultivated.'

CAST:
ALICE.... Deborah Findlay
GERTRUDE STEIN.... Sharon D Clarke
LILY DE GRAMONT.... Nimmy March

Writer: Sarah Woods
Producer/Director: Celia de Wolff
Sound Engineer: David Thomas
Production Co-ordinator: Sarah Tombling

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4

The Jazz Age of the 1920s. Recipes and relationships are explored with Alice B Toklas.

Classic titles that influenced and characterised the Jazz Age of the 1920s.