April 14, 2010

The Algonquin Hotel Gets Frenchy with Us; or, From Books to Food and Back Again

  • About the author CS

Our pals at the Algonquin Hotel (whom we love dearly for having a resident kitty) are teaming up with our reprint of Specialities de la Maison, a charming little French cookbook composed of recipes by noteworthy writers, Hollywood and Broadway celebrities, renowned socialites, royalty—and even a couturier and restaurateur or two, that was originally published in 1940. Starting April 19, the hotel is going to feature a rotation of recipes each week from the book — so it’ll almost be like you’re eating with Katharine Hepburn (Chicken Burgundy Style), Tallulah Bankhead (Southern Fried Chicken), Robert E. Sherwood (Maine Fish Balls), and Charlie Chaplin (Sour Cream Hot Cakes.) To be added to your bucket list accomplishments of drinking with the spirit of Dorothy Parker!

I think I am hoping beyond hope that a recipe will be featured including ‘eau de Poe’, as I think that translation means ‘Poe Water.’ But how fun to say.

To get your rez on, you can channel your inner 1940’s Hollywood bigwig through your rotary phone at 1-866-363-9011, or visit the Algonquin’s website.