The Opera Lover's Cookbook: Menus for Elegant Entertaining Hardcover – Nov 1 2006
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About the Author
FRANCINE SEGAN is a noted culinary historian and food writer who has appeared on hundreds of national TV shows; the Food Network, Discovery, and History Channels; and NPR. She is the author of The Philosophers Kitchen and Shakespeares Kitchen. Segan lives in New York City.
MARK THOMAS is a photographer in New York City specializing in food, lifestyle, and travel photography. His work has appeared in STCs Endangered Recipes, and he recently completed four books for Williams-Sonoma. Thomass work also appears regularly in Bon Appétit.
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There are over 125 recipes included, all meticulously chosen for their compatibility with the music, and Segan offers such relevant facts as how Mozart's Don Giovanni offers tapas-like nibbles throughout Act I as a means to divert attention from his philandering. In true Food Network fashion, she also provides entertainment and presentation tips to complete the picture. Moreover, to fortify the opera connection, she enlisted world-renowned soprano Renée Fleming to write the foreword and baritone Gerald Finley to act as a wine sommelier for some of the recipes. There is also a nice collection of archived photographs from past Metropolitan Opera performances to see the specific inspirations for the food, as well as loads of trivia and historical facts about the operas themselves. Mark Thomas provides the stunning culinary photographs. This book is obviously most ideal for opera lovers who aspire to become the next Martha Stewart.
Many of the ingredients for the recipes might be hard to find even in a big city (I live near Washington, D.C.).
To give you some idea - I have a Michel Richard cookbook, and even though this great chef requires a huge amount of slicing and reorganizing of ingredients, his cookbook is more practical and realistic than this one!
But the pictures are nice, both the food pictures and the opera photos.
If you're not an opera fan, it's still worth paging through the suggestions for some unique and decadent recipes. Some of the ingredients are hard to find or quite expensive, but there are plenty of recipes anyone can do. If you're looking for something different, this is a great choice!