New York, Toronto: Farrar & Rinehart, Incorporated, [1938]. Octavo, pp. [1-6] [1-2] 3-278 [279] [280-282: blank] [281-304: printed on blue paper: Recipes...(note pagination correct)], original red cloth, front and spine stamped in dark blue. First edition. A Nero Wolfe mystery novel. Nero leaves home to attend a meeting of great chefs hoping to obtain a secret recipe. Considered one of the best in the series. "The plotting in TOO MANY COOKS is tight, and the suspects interesting and varied..." and "Wolfe...delivers a superb talk on the subject of the elimination of racial prejudice...TOO MANY COOKS is at once a mystery of its age and a book ahead of its time." - Pronzini and Muller, 1001 Midnights, The Aficionado's Guide to Mystery and Detective Fiction, pp. 755-57. "The masterpiece among three or four by Stout that deserve that name." - Barzun & Taylor, A Catalogue of Crime (1989), 3093. Mild age toning to paste downs from binders glue degradation, small chips to upper and lower edges with chips and loss to spine ends, spine panel with some color fade, front panel bright. (20294). Item #20294

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