Dishing: Great Dish--and Dishes--from America's Most Beloved Gossip Columnist

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Simon and Schuster, 2005 - Cooking - 240 pages
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This juicy extravaganza of a book is at once a star-studded memoir, a mouthwatering reminiscence about great food and great meals, and a very special kind of cookbook by Liz Smith, bestselling author and surely America's most beloved gossip columnist (indeed, perhaps the only gossip columnist ever to be universally beloved). Here, great dish and great dishes are artfully blended with anecdotes and spiced with Liz's inimitable sense of humor, instinct for a great story, and joie de vivre to produce a life-loving, sometimes bawdy, and always utterly captivating read.

As everybody knows, nothing goes better with a good meal than a little juicy gossip, and no one puts the two together better than Liz Smith, the acknowledged grande dame of gossip, who traces here her gradual education in haute cuisine, as well as her unashamed taste for down-home, stick-to-the-ribs cooking.

When it comes to food, Liz Smith has seen it all (and eaten much of it). She has watched Nicole Kidman devour a basket of bread before a full dinner at New York's glamorous Four Seasons restaurant and not gain an ounce. She has eaten al fresco off the hood of a car with Mike Nichols. She has been tempted by fattening cookies sent by Renée Zellweger. She has talked biscuits and gravy with Julia Roberts and eaten Elizabeth Taylor's trademark Jailhouse Chili and Chipped Beef à la Krupp Diamond.

No food snob, Liz Smith revels in such dishes as Elvis Presley's favorite sandwich (peanut butter and banana) or Frito Pie (you'll love both these once you've tried them). But she is equally fond of haute cuisine, of four-star restaurants, and of great gourmet experiences. She shares with the reader all this and much, much more, eating, as she puts it, "high and low on the hog," from her favorite Chicken-Fried Steak recipe to Deep-fried Turkey (real men deep-fry a turkey, they don't roast it) and her classic Lobster Rolls recipe, with a pause for her advice on how to make the perfect margarita to wash it all down. From Kate Hepburn's brownies to pigs' feet, Liz not only names names but shares their most treasured recipes, as well as taking the reader on a gourmet tour of great meals.

As Liz herself says, "Reading about food is the next best thing to eating it. People seek companionship, comfort, reassurance, a sense of warmth, and well-being from food. Maybe they can get some of that from this book."

  

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Smith (Natural Blonde ), who is known for her popular syndicated gossip column, whips up another delectable memoir for her gossip-hungry readers. Recounting her life from her modest upbringing in ... Read full review

Contents

Food Glorious Food As They Sang in the Musical Oliver
1
You Can Put Your Boots in the Oven But That Dont Make Em Biscuits
5
Dishing It Up
11
Death by Mayonnaise
27
Aint Nothin But a Chowhound
37
Watermelon Daze
45
Watch Your Mouth
53
Fried In the Backseat of Cars
61
Baby When Its Cold Outside
159
A Bite of History
161
Sweet Stuff
167
How to Give a Toast Without Burning It
175
Be Italian As They Sang in the Musical Nine
179
When Shall We Live If Not Now?
181
Do Veggies Lack a Sense of Purpose?
191
Unbind My Asparagus
197

High Times High Tea
67
Of All the Gin Joints in All the World
77
The Mystique ofC F S Its Own Self
83
Chili Today Hot Tomale
95
Le Cirque de My Soul
101
Soup to Nuts to Nora
109
O Oysters Come and Walk with Us Bring Your Friends
119
Booze or Make Me a Little OldFashioned Please
125
In the Lea of Lee
135
Eating with Famous Men in the South of France
145
Hospitality and Manners
151
Never Quit
155
Kid Stuff
201
Rothschild Ragout
203
They Starve to Conquer
207
Grand Gestures
209
Those Piggyback Holidays
213
Malcolm and My Middle
217
Eating the Fainting Purple Priest
223
The Martha Matter
235
Dirty Dishes
237
A Full Plate of Thanks
239
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About the author (2005)

Smith was a memorable writer-editor for Sports Illustrated and Cosmopolitan. Her bylined column has appeared daily since 1976 and is syndicated to millions of readers in over 70 newspapers. She won the Matrix Award for journalism and on Emmy Award for TV reporting at WNBC.

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