From The Alice B. Toklas Cookbook - Chapter 4 - Murder in the Kitchen
"Cook-books have always intrigued and seduced me. When I was still a dilettante in the kitchen they held my attention, even the dull ones, from cover to cover, the way crime and murder stories did Gertrude Stein.
When we first began reading Dashiell Hammett, Gertrude Stein remarked that it was his modern note to have disposed of his victims before the story commenced. Goodness knows how many were required to follow as result of the first crime..."
Interesting how both Hemingway and Stein were Hammett readers.
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