Biography and History

Alice Babette Toklas was born in San Francisco, California. She was the life partner of writer Gertrude Stein until Stein's death in 1946. Stein published her memoirs in 1933 under the teasing ns2:title The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas, which, ironically, became Stein's bestselling book. In 1954, Toklas published her own literary memoir, a book that mixed reminiscences and recipes under the ns2:title The Alice B. Toklas Cookbook, in which the most famous recipe was called "Hashisch Fudge", a mixture of fruit, nuts, spices, and "cannabis". The cookbook has not been out of print since it was published.

Source: From the finding aid for C1223

  • Alice B. Toklas Collection. 1950-1965 (inclusive).

    Call Number: C1223

    Consists primarily of letters (1952-1965) Alice B. Toklas wrote to her friends Lloyd Frankenberg and his wife, the painter Loren MacIver. Toklas is best known as the life partner of writer Gertude Stein.