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Belén Ortiz I Granada, (EFE).- A hundred movie recipes. From the spaghetti with meatballs and sausages of “The Godfather” to the waffles of “Stranger things”, from the chaotic French toast that a young Dustin Hoffman prepares for his son in “Kramer contra kramer” to the pil pil cod of Pepi, Luci and Bom or the famous bacon and eggs from “Breaking bad”… gastronomic icons of cinema and television that a book rescues through a hundred recipes that explore the culinary landscapes of audiovisual fiction.
It is about “Cooking with popcorn: 100 iconic recipes from film and television” (editorial Waves of Space). Its authors, Julio Le Marchand and María Victoria Hernández, two passionate about cinema and gastronomy, intend to transport the reader to the universe of their favorite stories.
Supported by the illustrations of Melissa Siles, the book reviews iconic dishes from movies and series of all genres. Great classics, cult films, modern, old or animated. In the form of a gastronomic and cinematographic guide that allows “learning in simple steps to prepare a dorayaki or the Simpsons donuts”. “Having breakfast like Walter White or Downton Abbey or tasting imported dishes from Mexico to Korea”, explains Le Marchand.
A gazpacho with tranquilizers
Traditional Spanish cuisine also appears thanks to Almodóvar. With the peculiar gazpacho that Carmen Maura seasons with tranquilizers in the most emblematic scene of “Women on the brink of a nervous breakdown”. Or the pil pil cod that Pepi (Maura) prepares for Bom (Alaska) while they talk about love and sex in “Pepi, Luci, Bom y otras chicas del montón”.
The myths of British gastronomy, the gargantuan American breakfasts, so present in the cinema, the traditional French cuisine. Italian specialties and the occasional Greek and North African dish make up this compendium of cinema and gastronomy. It does not overlook some of the contributions of the writers when they are based on books. Like the substitution of Roal Dahl’s pea soup for watercress in “The Curse of the Witches.”
The orgasmic pastrami sandwich
“And sometimes, as in the case of the broken phone, the confusion is widespread and everyone ends up thinking they saw Audrey Hepburn eat a croissant for breakfast instead of a puff pastry bow.” “Or that it was Sally and not Harry who ordered the famous pastrami sandwich.” The one with which Meg Ryan faked an orgasm and that continues today in the menu from the New York delicatessen where the scene was filmed.
Also present, for example through the fried green tomatoes that Idgie and Ruth invented in the kitchen of the Whistle Stop Cafe in Alabama in the twenties, are vegetarian options. A way not to go hungry. “Like Ian in ‘My Big Fat Greek Wedding’ when his in-laws offer to make him lamb after learning he doesn’t eat meat.”
Another classic: “the controversial sandwich” from the “Friends” series. Also known in half New York, recounts the book, as “My sandwich!”. Due to Ross’s enraged yelling after realizing that his boss had stolen his lunch.
Agent Cooper’s Pies
But for a recurring movie-going dish, desserts and cakes, like the ones kept in the audiovisual memory by the followers of “Twin peaks”. The well-known series in which Agent Cooper investigated the mysterious death of Laura Palmer while she was enjoying the cherry pie that was served in a small town cafeteria.
Or the apple pie -a symbol of American culture- from the unseemly scene of “American Pie”. And the waffles that Eleven devours, the young woman with psychic abilities from the “Stranger things” series.
Recipes that are added to drinks, cocktails and cocktails such as the “Cosmopolitan” that marked the generation of “Sex and the City” and other cinephile meals such as the high-calorie “Big Kahuna” hamburger from “Pulp Fiction”, actually an invention of Quentin Tarantino.
And already in the field of animation, the fetish donuts of Homer Simpson and the dorayakis, the Japanese sweet known throughout the world thanks to Doraemon. EFE