Life Is Meals: A Food Lover's Book of Days

By James Salter, Kay Salter

From the PEN/Faulkner Award–winning writer James Salter and his spouse, Kay—amateur cooks and impressive hosts—here is a captivating, superbly illustrated nutrition lover’s better half that, with an access for every day of the yr, takes us from a 12th evening cake in January to a champagne dinner on New Year’s Eve. Life Is Meals is wealthy with culinary knowledge, background, recipes, literary pleasures, and the authors’ personal tales in their triumphs—and catastrophes—in the kitchen.
For instance:
The menu at the Titanic at the deadly evening
Reflections on eating from Queen Victoria, JFK, Winnie the Pooh, Garrison Keillor, etc
The seductiveness of a velvety Brie or the right martini
How to make your mind up whom to ask to a dinner party—and whom to not
John Irving’s relatives recipe for meatballs; Balzac’s love of coffee
The maximum dinner ever given on the White condominium
Where in Paris Samuel Beckett and Harold Pinter had French onion soup at 4:00 a.m.

Sophisticated in addition to functional, opinionated, and quintessential, Life Is Meals is a tribute to the distinction of food and drinks, and the enjoyment of sharing them with others. “The meal is the logo of civilization,” the Salters notice. “What may one understand of lifestyles correctly lived, or nights as they need to be spent, except meals?”

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Wonderful pictures, restricted content—very Aspen. ” CLARENCE BIRDSEYE in this day in 1886, in Brooklyn, Clarence Birdseye was once born. throwing in the towel of school at Amherst for loss of school cash, he went to Labrador on a fur-trading excursion and observed there that fish, frozen within the sour chilly after being stuck, misplaced not anything in texture or style while later cooked. In 1916, along with his spouse and younger baby, Birdseye back to Labrador. They introduced with them a number of barrels of clean greens and, dipping them in seawater, effectively iced up them within the icy arctic wind. the 1st mechanical freezing plant on the planet have been equipped approximately fifty years past in Sydney, Australia, and insulated ships have been wearing frozen meat around the oceans, however it used to be Birdseye who could pioneer the sale of frozen nutrition to retail consumers. He shaped a frozen seafood corporation in long island urban that failed, yet in 1926 all started one other in Massachusetts. It used to be referred to as basic Seafoods yet then, extra largely, common meals. via 1929, he used to be in a position to promote the corporate for the then large sum of 22 million funds, and by way of 1937, fifty-seven various frozen greens, end result, and meats have been being shipped and offered in individ ualized waxed cartons lower than the Birdseye model, which turned synonymous with frozen meals. clean and frozen foodstuff have almost a similar dietary worth. Frozen peas, actually, have extra, in view that they're frequently frozen instantly after being picked, whereas unfrozen peas make their slower method from the farm to the wholesaler to shops, wasting supplements en course. virtually any meals may be frozen, even if now not eggs once they are of their shells. The extra speedy the freezing is completed, the better—the ice crystals that shape in the foodstuff are smaller and have an effect on the constitution much less. Smaller amounts hence supply greater effects than higher whilst freezing at domestic. A yr is generally the utmost prompt time for storing frozen nutrition, even though many—milk, bacon, hamburger, soups, fish, stews—are greater if now not stored this lengthy. video clips nutrition isn’t featured as usually in video clips as intercourse, yet reveal foodstuff best as much as or following it are usually extra memorable. One unforgettable scene facilities on Albert Finney and Joyce Redman gluttonously devouring a chook and shortly one another in Tom Jones. one other is the way more decorous Grace Kelly in To trap a Thief, with white gloves and sporting her poultry in a picnic basket. “Breast or leg? ” she asks sweetly. videos with nutrients as a subject matter were made around the world: The Baker’s spouse from France, Babette’s banquet from Denmark, Tampopo from Japan, Like Water for Chocolate from Mexico, Monsoon marriage ceremony from India, l. a. grande bouffe from France/Italy, lifestyles is good from nice Britain, and devour Drink guy girl from Taiwan. American contributions to the sector run the gamut from Diner and large evening, within which there’s loads of motion, to My Dinner with Andre and the large kick back during which speak on the desk is the most factor occurring, or approximately. And who's in a position to go away The Godfather with out the need to head get a few pasta—perhaps due to the size.

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