So many movie masterpieces center around food—from Breakfast at Tiffany’s famous pastry and coffee opening montage to the laughable lobster boiling scene in Annie Hall—and the interplay between food and performance is one we know all too well.
This fall, we’re traveling back in time with a weekly celebration of classic dinners and movies. Whether you prefer an emotional drama or a psychological thriller, we’ll be sure to cover all the classic tropes—filled with food. In an homage to black and white cinema, and a little nod to Cook’s Illustrated magazine, with its 20+ years of signature black and white drawings, we’re pairing some of our favorite recipes with iconic films of yesteryear. For 12 weeks, we’re inviting you to stay in, rent a movie, and cook along with us (and our thematic recipe pairings) as we screen some of the best-loved cinematic works of our time in Cooking With The Classics. We’ll also be offering our readers several chances to win a copy of our beloved Cook’s Illustrated Baking Book along the way, so be sure to enter our giveaway below.
Needless to say, this is a whole new type of Hollywood Diet.
This Week’s Feature Film:
In the 1959 silver screen gem, Some Like it Hot, Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon star alongside Marilyn Monroe as a pair of two-bit musicians who accidentally witness a mob hit in the Windy City. In order to stay safe, the duo flee town, disguised as women in an all-female travelling band. Safely in Florida with fake identities and feminine mystique, they think they’ve outsmarted the bad guys… but that’s the least of their troubles. Fighting for the attentions of beautiful ukulele player Sugar Kane without blowing their cover proves far more difficult. With an array of brilliant one-liners and silly visual gags, renowned film critic Roger Ebert called this screwball comedy “one of the enduring treasures of the movies, a film of inspiration and meticulous craft” …and we can’t help but agree.
Some Like It Hot – The Police Raid Spats Colombo’s Speakeasy
Waiter: Sorry, sir, we only serve coffee. Scotch coffee, Canadian coffee, sour-mash coffee…
The film opens in Prohibition-era Chicago: where Mob-run speakeasies are hidden in plain sight… like in the boisterous back room of “Mozarella’s Funeral Parlor.”
While we can’t quite provide a recipe for “Bathtub Gin”, we think you’ll still enjoy this primer for making our DIY Homemade Mozzarella. And even if you aren’t up for the challenge of the homemade version, our taste tests prove that several supermarket brands would be just as delightful oozing out of our Tomato and Mozzarella Tart.
Some Like It Hotter – Things Get Steamy Aboard Junior’s Yacht
Remember the silly scene where Sugar Kane joins Junior, the supposed Shell Oil heir, for a tour aboard his yacht?
Sugar (admiring a large Marlin mounted on the wall): What is it?
Junior: It’s a member of the herring family.
Sugar: A herring? Isn’t it amazing how they get those big fish into those little glass jars?
Junior: They shrink when they’re marinated.
Our delicious Poached Fish Fillets with Sherry-Tomato Vinaigrette definitely fits the bill for a dish that’s worthy of a trophy. Making use of sherry vinegar, fried artichokes, shallots and cherry tomatoes, this dish is easily adjustable to taste, for those who prefer it cool like classical music or hot like jazz.
Some Like It Cool – Jerry Gets An Eyeful And Joe Swears Off Sweets
Perhaps you’d like to cool off after that spicy feast? Since Monroe’s Sugar Kane moves “like Jell-O on springs,” according to Lemmon’s Jerry, we thought it only appropriate to end the night with a cool and refreshing “Lemmon” Panna Cotta. And as they say in the movie, you won’t be left with “the fuzzy end of the lollipop.”
Enter To Win:
Want to be nominated for a bonus entry? Play director and share your Cooking With The Classics photo(s) on Instagram using a black and white filter. Be sure to mention @testkitchen and tag each photo them with #ATKclassics. We’ll be announcing our Oscar-worthy winners each week right here on The Feed. Entries due Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013, 11:59pm EST. Giveaway for continental US residents only.
Photo Credit: IMDb.com
All recipes free through October 3rd, 2013.