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Alice B. Toklas

Born in California, Alice B. Toklas expatriated to Paris in 1907, where she met her partner of nearly forty years, author Gertrude Stein. The couple hosted a salon in their Paris flat, where many great writers and artists of the era—Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Thornton Wilder and Pablo Picasso, to name a few—journeyed to visit. The couple gained international recognition with the success of Stein’s 1933 book The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas. When Stein passed away in 1946, she willed her estate to her partner. Toklas was an artist in her own right, both a writer and a celebrated culinarian. Toklas published two cookbooks: The Alice B. Toklas Cookbook (1954), Aromas and Flavors of Past and Present (1958). In 1963, she published her autobiography, What is Remembered, which ends with Stein’s death. Toklas passed away on March 7, 1967. In 1971, the Alice B. Toklas Democratic Club was named for her. It was the United States' first registered LGBT Democratic Party organization.