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Fashion Flash Book Review: Audrey At Home by Luca Dotti
When I first heard about the Audrey Hepburn cookbook, I had to admit I smirked a little. This was a woman whose stick-like thinness suggested a diet of celery leaves and ice cubes. But as soon as I thumbed through a few pages I was totally hooked. More than just a cookbook, it is a loving memoir of a mother by her youngest son. Audrey at Home is packed with never before seen family photos showing the iconic star in the kitchen and relaxing with often famous friends.
The recipes are pretty wonderful too. Mostly Italian, with a smattering of Spanish and French meals, they are easy and light versions of classic dishes. Hepburn suffered serious health problems from the years of wartime starvation that left her with digestive problems. Her home recipes captured the flavor of traditional Italian and French cuisine, but produced with less fat and salt. One of my favorites is the Spanish potato and egg tortilla. The usual instructions are literally swimming in olive oil. The version in At Home with Audrey uses just two tablespoons of oil and offers great instructions for the best version of the dish I’ve ever made. The same is true for the classic Italian rice stuffed baked tomato that is often an oily mess. Miss Audrey’s version is made with potato and rice and lightly seasoned with garlic and parsley. It includes a step that I’ve never seen before and I think that little trick helped make the results just about perfect.
If you love Audrey Hepburn style– and who doesn’t– the book is packed with photos of Hepburn on vacation showing how to nail casual style. One hint: even in jeans and tee shirt her hair was perfect or covered wth a perky scarf. This I can do. A Home With Audrey is definately a keeper. ( and I am sorry for the original smirk).