Dinner at Omar Khayyam's

By: Mardikian, George

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Hardcover in dust jacket, 8 1/2 x 6 inches, 150 pages; blue cloth boards with only very light edge wear, previous owner's bookplate in front endpaper, binding sound, price-clipped dust jacket rubbed and edge worn, old scotch tape repairs and reinforcements on edges and spine ends, spine faded, now in protective mylar cover. George Mardikian (1903 - 1977) was an Armenian-American restaurateur, chef, author and philanthropist who opened the well-known Omar Khayyam's restaurant in San Francisco in 1938. Omar Khayyam's was located in the basement of a building at 200 Powell Street in San Francisco. After passing photographs of Mardikian "breaking bread" with various notable people (including Dwight Eisenhower and Eleanor Roosevelt), diners would descend into the cavernous, sumptuously decorated restaurant below. On the left at the bottom of the stairs was the Rubaiyat lounge with velvet banquettes, low Persian lamps, and a gleaming chrome cash register. Tables in the restaurant were contained in curtained chambers out of the Arabian Nights decorated with wall-hangings and inscriptions from The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam. Mardikian would customarily "break bread" (a special flat bread served at the restaurant) with his diners as a sign of hospitality. The menu was exotic (for the time), featuring a mix of Armenian, Middle Eastern, and African cooking adapted for American palates.

Title: Dinner at Omar Khayyam's

Author Name: Mardikian, George

Categories: Cooking,

Edition: 1st Edition

Publisher: New York, Viking: 1944

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Very Good

Jacket Condition: Good

Type: Hardcover

Size: 8vo - over 7

Seller ID: 001079

Keywords: VINTAGE COOKBOOK PERSIAN COOKERY ARMENIA ARMENIAN RECIPES SAN FRANCISCO RESTAURANTS