Who was the target audience for a book with the instructions to make proper escargots:
Or maybe a good ratatouille with Mornay sauce:
The sauce even uses the proper Gruyere and Parmesan, not something like American cheese with Parmesan!
This group could appreciate sauteed leeks as a side dish instead of creamed peas or corn.
Maybe they could even pronounce "Poireaux a la Provencale" correctly...
For dessert, they could have a lovely dacquoise...
...after a careful process of preparing and constructing meringue and a mocha butter cream:
Yes, this patient and cosmopolitan group must have been the tastemakers of the '70s. So who were they?
These recipes are from Benson & Hedges 100's Presents 100 of the World's Greatest Recipes. Yep. These are recipes for smokers from a tobacco company, and not just any tobacco company. Benson & Hedges was "dedicated to good taste in tobaccos," and in the kitchen too.
And suddenly I have the urge to call these recipes "classy" rather than "sophisticated."