Life Is Meals: A Food Lover's Book of Days
James Salter, Kay Salter
From the PEN/Faulkner Award–winning author James Salter and his wife, Kay—amateur chefs and terrific hosts—here is a charming, beautifully illustrated food lover’s companion that, with an entry for each day of the year, takes us from a Twelfth Night cake in January to a champagne dinner on New Year’s Eve. Life Is Meals is rich with culinary wisdom, history, recipes, literary pleasures, and the authors’ own stories of their triumphs—and catastrophes—in the kitchen.
The menu on the Titanic on the fatal night
Reflections on dining from Queen Victoria, JFK, Winnie the Pooh, Garrison Keillor, and many others
The seductiveness of a velvety Brie or the perfect martini
How to decide whom to invite to a dinner party—and whom not to
John Irving’s family recipe for meatballs; Balzac’s love of coffee
The greatest dinner ever given at the White House
Where in Paris Samuel Beckett and Harold Pinter had French onion soup at 4:00 a.m.
Sophisticated as well as practical, opinionated, and indispensable, Life Is Meals is a tribute to the glory of food and drink, and the joy of sharing them with others. “The meal is the emblem of civilization,” the Salters observe. “What would one know of life as it should be lived, or nights as they should be spent, apart from meals?”
Chapter 11.1 Erasmus, Desiderius, Chapter 04.1 Escoffieer, Auguste, Chapter 02.1, Chapter 04.1, Chapter 05.1, 05.2, Chapter 10.1 Esposito, Rafaele, Chapter 12.1 Estrées, Gabrielle d’, Chapter 08.1 etiquette, Chapter 04.1; chopstick, Chapter 07.1 Etruscans, Chapter 11.1, Chapter 12.1 Eucharist, Chapter 01.1 Evereux, Jeanne d’, Chapter 03.1 Fahrenheit scale, Chapter 03.1 Falernian, Chapter 09.1 Fargues, Chapter 05.1 Farmer, Fanny, Chapter 01.1, Chapter 03.1 feta, Chapter 06.1
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pathos, he successfully crossed from silent films to talkies. Hitler was such a fan that he gave up his handlebar mustache to grow one like Chaplin’s. In a remote cabin, Thanksgiving dawns on the Little Tramp and a Lone Prospector, another in a long series of difficult days in which they have nothing to eat. Undaunted, Charlie is preparing a memorable meal, stirring something in a pot on the wood-burning stove. He forks it onto a plate—voila!—his own boiled shoe. He adds ladles of “gravy” from
freshness of ingredients, less cream and butter, unexpected juxtaposition of flavors and textures, and small portions artistically displayed. ROSTI In the Alpine villages and towns that over the years have become great ski resorts, there is still the feel of the older, simpler life: the steep, snow-covered meadows where in summer cattle graze; the barns and houses that have stood through centuries of weather, families, fortune and misfortune; houses that are as solid as banks and far more
with Andre and The Big Chill in which talk at the table is the main thing going on, or nearly. And who is able to leave The Godfather without the desire to go get some pasta—perhaps because of the length. KETCHUP Ketchup evolved over time from far more exotic ingredients than it now contains. Also called catsup, ketchup probably originated in China in the 1600s and was known in the Canton dialect as ketsiap, a sauce made of vinegar, spices, and the innards of fish. When it immigrated to