2007 Cook Book Award Finalist

2007 Book Award Finalist

Menus for Elegant Entertaining
Photographs by Mark Thomas
Foreword by Renée Fleming

Great music and great food make an exhilarating duet. Taking her cues from the world's most beloved operas, food diva Francine Segan has composed a cycle of menus that are sure to have your family and friends shouting, "Brava! Bravissima!"

Each chapter of The Opera Lover's Cookbook presents a culinary performance--an elegant five-course dinner, a brunch, a dessert party-scored to a particular operatic motif or keyed to the work of a renowned composer. Operas set in Spain--Carmen, Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Don Giovanni--are the exotic backdrop for a tapas fiesta. The far-flung locales of Puccini's La Bohème, Madama Butterfly, Tosca, and Turandot inspire an eclectic international buffet. A rustic Italian dinner is orchestrated to the strains of Verdi's Traviata. And Gilbert and Sullivan, of course, provide the overture for an English-style pub supper.

Renée Fleming
Sumptuously illustrated with photographs of featured dishes and lavish productions mounted by New York's Metropolitan Opera Company The Opera Lover's Cookbook also dispenses advice on home entertaining and on setting the scene with stunning table décor. Its more than 125 recipes include appetizers and hors d'oeuvres; soup, salad, fish, and pasta courses; main dishes; sweets; and thematic aperitif, cocktail, and after-dinner drinks.

* The perfect book for opera and music lovers

* Themed menu format makes stylish entertaining a breeze

* Includes sidebars throughout with opera trivia, quotes, lyrics and history

* Wine suggestions from renowned baritone, Gerald Finley

* Illustrated with rare photos and drawings from the Metropolitan Opera's archives as well as original food photography

75 full-color photographs
224 pages, 9 x 10"
Hardcover with jacket
ISBN 1-58479-536-0
EAN 978158479536-0
US $35.00 CAN $49.00

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