Happy Birthday to Alice B. Toklas

Happy Birthday to Alice B. Toklas

“What is sauce for the goose may be sauce for the gander but is not necessarily sauce for the chicken, the duck, the turkey or the guinea hen.” — Alice B. Toklas (April 30, 1877 – March 7, 1967)


Alice B. Toklas is mostly known as the life partner and muse of American expatriate Gertrude Stein. The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas is in fact not Toklas’s biography, but was written by Stein from the perspective of Toklas. Toklas in her own right was a successful writer, and her memoir-and-cookbook, The Alice B. Toklas Cookbook, became a bestseller. Toklas’s marijuana-laced fudge is the book’s most infamous recipe.

Toklas and Stein’s relationship is discussed in Poetry Criticism, Volume 175, as well as the Dictionary of Literary Biography Vol. 4: American Writers in Paris, 1920–1939, edited by Karen L. Rood.

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