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TARTE AU CITRON CROUSTILLANT, recipe by Randall Price Aristophanes said that all dramatic stories stem from a seven basic plots. Or was it Sophocles or Aristotle? Some great dead Greek philosopher, anyway. A British writer pretended he discovered this truth only two decades ago. People forget. Films certainly reflect this notion. It’s not the plot, it’s how it unfolds, and how the director and actors bring a sense of originality..

THE PEPPER EFFECT

This is an easy one, at least in that it has only three ingredients: peppers, Feta cheese, and olive oil. The Cannes Festival is a bit like a cruise on a ship that goes no where. There are all-you-can-eat buffets from morn till night, and alcohol flows freely. Fortunately people dance the calories off in the clubs each night, or they would look like pufferfish in their elegant clothes. A..

IN PRAISE OF THE WORTHY RHUBARB

I read that Marlon Brando ate half his weight in ice cream every day, alone on a rowboat, during the filming of Mutiny on the Bounty. Perhaps I made that up, but it would account for his appearance in later years. Along with that ice cream, I imagine he ate another fourth of his weight in this rhubarb compote. It is quite addictive. In this glitzy, high-fashion circus, I was..

AN AVOCADO EPIPHANY

Before I established that I was, in fact as well as spirit, an international bon vivant, I was an Ohioan. Europeans confuse that state with Iowa and Idaho, and I can understand why. At least as far as avocados go. In the Midwest it used to be impossible to understand the avocado. When I lived there one could only find rock-hard, tasteless, practically inedible examples of this noble fruit. They..


HEAVENLY PARFAIT ICE CREAM, FOR THE AFTER-PARTY

When I was researching Ingrid Bergman and her food likes (everything, basically) the comment I saw most often was that she adored ice cream. That is what swayed her to develop a career in the US. After she was lured to New York from Sweden, she admitted to eating at least two ice cream sundaes every day. I guess Sweden is basically a freezer so they have directed their dessert..

CHICKEN ROSSELLINI

To show my solidarity with the beleaguered flat-shoe wearing protestors against the tyranny of the high heel policy for the Cannes red carpet, I am making very flat food today. For two decades ‘tall’ food has been popular, mostly with male chefs. This annoying trend is dying, but occasionally it returns to haunt diners in even the finest restaurants. This is my second biggest restaurant pet peeve, following the ‘messy..

STROMBOLI !

In Cannes, what’s not about film or sales is about pizza. If we are not at a cocktail party on a yacht or nibbling in a nightclub or grazing at a buffet at a hotel, we are at a pizzeria. There are many pizzerias facing the waterfront the length of the Promenade de la Croisette, all beckoning and seducing us with plastic-sheet covered terraces to protect us from the aggressive..

SWEDISH MEATBALLS ITALIAN STYLE, FOR OPENING NIGHT

From the moment she arrived in Hollywood, Ingrid Bergman was gold. She wouldn’t let them change her name, or her looks, and her natural beauty and acting style won the public and the studios. She reigned in films all through the 40s, from Ilsa in Casablanca through the Hitchcock films. Then came the Italian Scandal in 1950, which landed her in Europe again for a few years while Americans forgot..

SWEDISH CRAYFISH BOIL

Little Ingrid Bergman had a rough childhood in Sweden worthy of Ingmar Bergman. Orphaned early on, her only joy was … crayfish! We had these critters back in Ohio but wouldn’t dream of eating them, although they are much esteemed in Texas and the Mississippi delta area. In Sweden, they are an event. In midsummer the crayfish madness reaches its peak. The tradition is to wear a really stupid hat..