The Opera Lover's Cookbook
Menus for Elegant Entertaining
By Francine Segan
(Stewart, Tabori and Chang, Hardcover, 9781584795360, 224pp.)
Publication Date: November 2006
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Each chapter of "Opera Lover's Cookbook" presents a culinary performance -- an elegant five-course dinner, a brunch, a dessert party -- scored to a particular operatic motif or keyed to the work of a renowned composer. Operas set in Spain -- "Carmen, Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Don Giovann"i -- are the exotic backdrop for a tapas fiesta. The far-flung locales of Puccini's "La Bohhme, Madama Butterfly, Tosca," and "Turandot" inspire an eclectic international buffet. A rustic Italian dinner is orchestrated to the strains of Verdi's "Traviata." And Gilbert and Sullivan, of course, provide the overture for an English-style pub supper.
Sumptuously illustrated with photographs of featured dishes and lavish productions mounted by New York's Metropolitan Opera Company, "Opera Lover's Cookbook" also dispenses advice on home entertaining and on setting the scene with stunning table decor. Its more than 125 recipes include appetizers and hors d'oeuvres; soup, salad, fish, and pasta courses; main dishes; sweets; and thematic aperitif, cocktail, and after-dinner drinks.