Tuesday, January 24, 2006

The Celluloid Pantry

My friend Nora Maynard has kicked off a new feature at Apartment Therapy: The Kitchen. It's called "The Celluloid Pantry," and it will feature food and drink from movies not typically thought of as food and drink movies: "No Big Night, Babette's Feast, super-recent or super-commercial." (Hey, am I the only cook in existence who's seen "Big Night" and not yet attempted a Timpano?)

Today's movie is "The Thin Man," and a near-forgotten cocktail called "The Bronx:"

In The Thin Man (1939), suave, dry-witted detective, Nick Charles takes things into his own hands and shows the barmen the way to mix a drink: "The important thing is the rhythm. Always have rhythm in your shaking. Now a Manhattan you always shake to fox-trot time, a Bronx to two-step time, a dry martini you always shake to waltz time."
I can feel myself flooded with Myrna Loy-ness as we speak.

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