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Need suggestions: a 1976 throwback menu

cook.bot | Dec 3, 201509:47 AM     65

I'm a private chef in South Carolina, and my favorite client is celebrating her 40th wedding anniversary in January. I want to create a complete menu for her from that year (1976), for probably six people.

I'm looking for cookbook and menu suggestions from y'all. From my library I've pulled Simon Hopkinson's "The Prawn Cocktail Years", "Julia Child & Company" (1978) and its sister volume "More Company", and "The Silver Palate Good Times Cookbook" (a little too recent for my needs), and James Beard's "Menus for Entertaining" (1965).

In 1976 I was a twenty-year-old living a rather wild life in San Francisco, eating out several times a week. My food memories from that era: trattorias and bistro food. Calamari steaks dore', Petrale sole, veal piccata, saltimbocca, and lots & lots of crepes. My first sushi, first tableside wilted spinach-bacon salad, and first dim sum. Pupu platters at the Polynesian Room in the Fairmont Hotel. Fern bars serving clams casino at happy hour, and the occasional high-end hotel meal or ritzy dinner at the original Fleur de Lys or Ernie's (steaks with green peppercorn sauce, anyone?).

But my client was living an ultra-traditional life in South Carolina. Although she's a cosmopolitan world-traveller now, I'm sure her memories of those times are different from mine, though her family's position would have exposed her to fancy hotel meals. And I think she spent her honeymoon in New Orleans. But I don't want to pump her for too much information and raise her suspicions, since I want to surprise her.

Anyone have any book or menu resource information I should consider?

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