Thursday, April 13, 2017
Tinsel & Tine Spotlights:
New Film & Food Book
MOVIE NIGHT MENUS
New Film & Food Book
MOVIE NIGHT MENUS
By Le Anne Lindsay, Editor
I've sat here writing this blog for nigh on eight years and I've enjoyed learning and sharing about movies and the the film industry through countless screenings, Q&A's, interviews, research, the festival press passes, the guest segments on radio shows and podcasts, the VIP food events and new restaurant openings, joining blogging groups, the swag, and most importantly, those that follow me, read my posts, participate in the promo contests and send me well wishes.
But there doesn't seem to be an end game, a culmination. Most people writing a blog are promoting their business, or book and therefore, their blog is an extension of their brand. A fact brought home even clearer when I read Tenaya & André Darlington's new book MOVIE NIGHT MENUS in collaboration with TCM (Turner Classic Movies). This book is all about mixing film and food. It's Dinner and Drink Recipes Inspired by Classic and early Contemporary Films. Every glossy page features delightful tidbits on movies we all love, blended with both cocktail and menu recipes inspired by or consumed in the movies/films, with gorgeous photography and delightful entertaining tips.
I love it cover to cover! And I hate it too, because it shines a light on how lazy I am. I should have been writing a book similar to this. What good is writing a film and food blog with no way of bringing the two elements together into a tangible accomplishment? But then I think, damn, that's just A LOT of work! 😁
Tenaya Darlington & André Darlington.
Here's some samples from the book
I chose from among my all time favorite movies!
|Jimmy Stewart, Ruth Hussey, John Howard, Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant|
Breakfast at Tiffany's
I think, like most people, what I love most about Breakfast at Tiffany's is Audrey Hepburn's ultra chic, yet whimsical style. I also relate so well to her, fake it till you make it, yearning for a life of fabulosity!
This is truly my 2nd very favorite movie of all time. (Hitchcock's Rebecca #1) Starring Barbra Streisand as 1920's comedienne, Fanny Brice. It starts out as a frothy delight and ends in brave despair, and I love every scene and every song in between - from the beloved ruffled shirt worn by Nick Arnstein (Omar Sharif); to Fanny singing "People" after her opening night outside of her family's celebration; to running and hopping a tug boat still clutching those roses, all while belting out "Don't Rain on My Parade"; and of course there's the seduction scene... Why? Oh why? Couldn't I have given my virginity to someone as perfectly dashing as Nicky Arnstein!
Movie Night Menu Recipe: Chicken Liver Pâté with the Works - Funny Girl made Pâté a star - it was served on opening night at a party on the grounds of the Astor Hotel and became inextricably linked with both the film and the Broadway production.
Movie Night Menus features many more food and film/food in film moments, from one of my other standards, Guys and Dolls to Grand Hotel, An American in Paris, Giant, all the way to The Big Chill and Philly favorite Rocky.
Note: images were taken from the book, via my cellphone and created into collages better for blogging, but these are not as the images appear in the book. (Recipe Photos by Andrew Purcell).
It still remains to be seen if the gods of inspiration will one day grace me with their presence long enough to allow me to create something outside the walls of my little blog, but in the meantime, I am glad to be able to share with you delightful discoveries like this movie buff's keepsake, which can be found on Amazon, Barnes and Noble and TCM online gift shop.
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