Alchemist's Cookbook, Moroccan Scientific Cuisine by Ahmed Yacoubi
Ahmed Yacoubi was a Moroccan poet, author, painter, playwright, also a healer, an alchemist. He was a translator, friend, protégé to Paul Bowles. According to Francis Bacon, "he was simply the ‘most sympathetic Moroccan in Tangier." This was in the 1940s, when Tangier was an International Zone, a popular destination for Western artists and writers. On the island of Taprobane, off the coast of Sri Lanka, Yacoubi cooked for Peggy Guggenheim and she purchased his paintings.
Yacoubi moved to the US in the 60s and keep working among a diverse group of intellectuals, among them, Walter Bowart, founder and editor of NYC's first underground newspaper, the East Village Other. Bowart moved to a ranch in Tucson, Arizona in late 60s and founded Omen Press, a publishing house for metaphysical books. It is in that ranch that Yacoubi wrote The Alchemist's Cookbook.
This is not necessarily a book to cook from, but a book to own and enjoy. A rainbow. A "healthy cooking" book in its best form. Hash included.
In addition to recipes for simple, quick vegetable and seafood dishes, some titles:
Soup to Cure Jealousy for When a day comes that the sun is very hot, your heart becomes hot, and this soup is a blessing!
How to Be Gentle To Your Brains
3 People Meet
Shrimp & 14
If You Are 64, This Dish Will Make You Younger
Tucson, Arizona, 1972, published by Omen Press. Hardcover. 142 pages. Color illustrations by Michael Cotten and Prairie Prince. Slight wear and tear around the front and back cover edges, interior is in excellent condition. A very uncommon book.