No Time For Cooking: A Visual Feast

AFCoverMed-thumb-200x305-144016This week in the Kirschner Collection, I had one of my best finds to date: No Time For Cooking by Arlene Francis. I love this book not for the recipes, most of which I regard with a mixture of equal parts awe and revulsion (see: curried pickle and pimiento loaf), but for the photographs.

Prior to picking this up, I did not who Arlene Francis was, but after reading her charming introduction and commentary throughout, I found myself poring through every video I could find on YouTube that she starred in. Here’s a favorite clip in which Arlene plays the trombone on the game show I’ve Got a Secret:

And the photos! The photos of both Francis and the food in this book reminded me of one of my favorite entertainers, Amy Sedaris. I think this book is exactly what Sedaris was trying to re-create in her book I Like You. So, rather than just share a recipe, I would like to take you on a visual tour of some of my favorite images in this book, along with Arlene’s commentary on each one.

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“My teen-ager, Peter, likes to feed his friends in his own room where the record collection is handy. This meets with my approval because it’s a lot easier on the rugs and furniture in the rest of the apartment.”

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“We’re a family of outdoor eaters, ready to pack up and head for the country at the drop of a Crocus. (Incidentally, I’m rather proud of this efficient, little kitchen. I planned it myself out of what was formerly a walk-in closet!)”

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“Sunday Cassoulet combines beans and smoked ham with other savory ingredients. On special evenings, transfer beans to your best serving dish and top with grilled frankfurters”

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“Potato salad, molded in pan lined with sliced ham, is transformed into elegant party dish. Tomato peel, curled into roses, adds colorful touch.”

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“There’s a saying that theater people are always hungry. The reasons are — when they’re not working, they may not have the cash. When they are working, they don’t have the time. So, when I get them together for a buffet meal, I stress quantity, as with this oversized salad”

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