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David



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PostPosted: Tue Jul 12, 2005 7:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

For all you M.F.K. Fisher fans and you are numerous, this autumn will see the release of Joan Reardon's "Poet of the Appetite" (The Lives and Loves of M.F.K. Fisher) In North America it is being published by North Point Press, I can't tell you who has the European, British or Australian/New Zealand rights! Make note and get your local independent bookstore to get a copy for you.
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Barbara



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PostPosted: Tue Jul 12, 2005 10:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yhanks David. I know what will be on my birthday wish list.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 12, 2005 10:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

YYY. I meant thanks. Typing without my glasses!!
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Pesto Man



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PostPosted: Wed Jul 13, 2005 2:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ahhh food and reading my two most favorite things!!!!

As a great fan of Horatio Hornblower books, I created the following dinner for another couple to celebrate centennnial of C.S. Forester's birth
Aug 27, 1999

C. S. Forester Centennial Gala


Assorted Hors d’oeuvres Royal Navy Grog
Martinis Allnut


Lobster cutlets Doughty Champagne
(Served with a butter, caper, cayenne sauce) (Seaview 97)
Vegetables port & Starboard

Rack of Baby Lamb Smallbridge Claret
(Served with sautéed wild mushrooms (Casillero del Diablo 9Cool
and a butter rosemary sauce)


Ginger Rum Crème Brulee Coffee “El Supremo”
(Kingston Admiralty House) cognac


A Rubber of Whist will follow dinner


all of the dishes were suggested by forester's books, Martinis Allnut comes from The African Queen" and Mr Allnutt's (Bogart) fondness for Gordon's Gin Straight out of the bottle" No, ours were a little more civilized Razz
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David



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PostPosted: Wed Jul 13, 2005 4:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Genius Pesto man!!!
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Lakritz



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PostPosted: Mon Jul 25, 2005 7:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Laughing You are all mad!!! Laughing
No, let me re-phrase that: WE are all mad!

One year for Christmas, we all met up in Bavaria and rented an apartment, and I needed some inspiration for a starter. So I was very pleased to find a novel there (a Johannes Mario Simmel -- probably doesn't mean anything to anyone outside Germany, but there, he's a best-selling author -- 'Es muss nicht immer Kaviar sein'), where every chapter ended with a recipe.

The thing I'd like to 'float' today on this thread, however, is the following:

I recently came across a bookgroup, the members of which cooked various dishes (i.e. courses) which were inspired by the last book they had been reading.
So, we're not actually talking about a book which contains a lot of food references or is based on food in some way, but rather any book the group want to read.
And I thought - hey, we could do that online! We could have a group, decide on a title, a date by which it has to be read by, and then we can discuss the book AND which food creations it would inspire us to cook. Anybody game?
I mean, we could start with 'The Girl with the Pearl Earring', for instance, which I know some of you intend to read...
Just a thought...
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Rainey



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PostPosted: Mon Jul 25, 2005 8:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What a FABULOUS thought! Not following a recipe but interpreting an experience! Inspired!

I'm in. What are we reading?
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Barbara



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PostPosted: Mon Jul 25, 2005 11:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm in. Great idea. Is it hte Girl with the Pearl Earring then? I'm off to the library now.
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Lakritz



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PostPosted: Mon Jul 25, 2005 11:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's fine by me - but maybe we should wait until we've got a few more 'members'? Rainey is currently looking into the usergroups for the ploitical animals amongst us, and maybe a usergroup would be good for such a book group?

I'm sure 'The girl with the pearl earring' is very suitable in terms of culinary inspiration, thinking of the sensuality that the film conveyed...

Do you think we should start a new thread with this to attract a few more members?
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Barbara



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PostPosted: Tue Jul 26, 2005 12:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think a new thread would be apt. I'll leave it to you to start.
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simona



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PostPosted: Tue Jul 26, 2005 12:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm in too, as I'm a political animal as well a a food loving animal. Are we supposed to suggest recipes inspired by books? The girl with the pearl earing..I didn't read the book but... I saw the film-not a very educated remark, I know, but I found Colin Firth very inspirational .... OK, at my age I'm allowed to ... Just joking. Maybe the "DaVinci Code" should be our next muse?
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Judy



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PostPosted: Tue Jul 26, 2005 12:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I just borrowed the movie soundtrack to listen to - it's beautiful! Well worth getting hold of to listen to while you read the book.

Slightly off topic, but I just remembered that a few years ago a group of my friends got together and cooked Babette's Feast, just like the feast in the movie. The husbands were mainly dentists and therefore well used to very fine work with very fine instruments. Was there a dish of boned quail in the movie? Whatever it was, the guys did all the fine boning, slicing etc, with their dental instruments!
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 26, 2005 12:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Judy wrote:
Slightly off topic, but I just remembered that a few years ago a group of my friends got together and cooked Babette's Feast, just like the feast in the movie. The husbands were mainly dentists and therefore well used to very fine work with very fine instruments. Was there a dish of boned quail in the movie? Whatever it was, the guys did all the fine boning, slicing etc, with their dental instruments!


Wow!
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Barbara



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PostPosted: Tue Jul 26, 2005 2:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I agree, Wow. The entire menu would be a huge undertaking. Especially the turtle soup.
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Lakritz



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PostPosted: Tue Jul 26, 2005 4:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi ya,

okay, I've posted a new thread. Let's wait and see what happens...

I'm not really familiar with Babette's feast (other than the title), but thanks for reminding me.

And oh yeah, we don't mind not so educated remarks on inspirational men like Colin Firth... (my husband keeps saying he doesn't get it, and I keep saying, 'You don't have to get it!')

Night, night babes... it's very, VERY late over here, and I've really had enough Chilean Cabernet Sauvignon (Isla Negra, if you must know) and ice-cold slivovice, and I think morning is beginning to dawn...

This site is more addictive than chocolate and cheese put together...
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