Yet it wasn’t her stories about tending to the wounded during WWI or her opinions on mussels that made the book famous.Instead, it was the inclusion of a recipe given to her by Moroccan-based artist Brion Gysin called “Hashish Fudge.” In this 1963 recording from Pacifica Radio, Toklas reads her notorious recipe.That changed in 1933 when Stein wrote -- a retelling of the couple’s life together with Toklas serving as narrator.
Alice talks about the important role of Helene, Gertrude's housemaid, in their household in Paris. Back in France, Gertrude falls out with Guillaume Apollinaire. Alice tells how Gertrude Stein was born in Allegheny, Pennsylvania, then moved to Vienna, to Passy, and finally to New York City and California.
She attended Radcliffe College, where she was taught by William James.
There, they do volunteer work for the American Fund for the French Wounded, driving around France to help the wounded and homeless. There the couple makes friends with a coterie of Russian artists, but they constitute no artistic movement.
Later, Gertrude gives a lecture at Oxford University. Later, they abridge The Making of Americans to four hundred pages for commercial reasons and devise the idea of authoring an autobiography.
Nowadays, the best course of action is to move to Washington, Colorado or Uruguay.