Movie Night Menus
Do you know when a cook/recipe book is really good? When you open up the package after it arrives and you find yourself reading for an hour. This was the case this morning when TCM's Movie Night Menus: Dinner And Drink Recipes Inspired By Films We Love, by Tenaya and Andre Darlington, showed up in my mail box. This is a fabulous book! I can't wait to put it to use in the near future. I actually ordered it for research but I think I will have fun with it at some point. The layout is simple but brilliant.
The Darlingtons take movies from the 1930's to late 1980's and they suggest dinner parties built around them. Each party has a theme. In the pages covering that movie, you will find one or two drink suggestions and how to make them - because who among us knows how to make a Louisiana Flip besides me and the Darlingtons? - which is then followed by a main course inspired by the movie. The cooking instructions are written out and easy to follow.
An example of one movie is The Grand Hotel which is a film I immediately turned to find since my cousin was in the movie. Theme for this dinner is Dining And Dancing with Louisiana Flip (a popular drink during the film's era) as the suggested drink followed by a course of German Pancake with Ham and Gruyere or Berries and Cream. Totally fits the movie of course.
In each section the reader will also find trivia about the movie, little key tidbits to look for, and general information on what to expect when viewing it. This makes it more than a cookbook. More like a hybrid classic movie primer with suggestions on what to eat and drink while watching.
I came across this book totally by accident via Twitter. The Darlingtons were doing a night on TCM, which I don't have - (hey TCM, when you going to get your own stand alone streaming option?) - but they were tweeting about it. We exchanged a couple tweets about the Louisiana Flip and thus a book sale was born. Turns out, I need it for something I am working on as well.
This book is inexpensive. I got a new copy for less than $15 on Amazon. Of course it is available from the TCM shop. If you like classic movies, looking for themes for a dinner party/event, or just want to expand your kitchen prowess, then I highly recommend this book! Definitely a 5/5 on the rating scale.