IRMA ROMBAUER WAS 53 YEARS OLD and enjoying life as a prosperous, sociable St. Louis matron when her world collapsed in 1930. Her beloved husband committed suicide; the Depression threw their finances into ruins and, for the first time ever, she found she had to make some money.
NOW THAT A SUCCESSION of beat-the-dock cookbooks has reduced kitchen time to a sliver ("The 60 Minute Gourmet," "Keep It Simple: Thirty Minute Meals from Scratch," "Twenty Minute Menus," "Fresh 15-Minute Meals," "The Instant Gourmet"), there's clearly only one way left to streamline the process of making dinner.
THERE WAS A TIME--MAYBE 20 YEARS ago--when it seemed as though all bad dances ended the same way: with the performers gathered into a menacing clump at the footlights, glowering at the audience. ("As if it were our fault," critic Dale Harris once complained.) How dispiriting, then, to see choreographer David Parsons, who's only 36, employ that very strategy to get the curtain down on "Touch," his latest work.
NEWSWEEK ASKED TWO of New York's most discerning tomato lovers to sample the Flavr Savr and compare it with other high-priced tomatoes on the market. Anne Rosenzweig, whose Arcadia restaurant is celebrated for its fresh, vibrant American cooking, and Nahum Waxman, passionate home cook and owner of the popular bookshop Kitchen Arts & Letters, were both curious about the new Calgene tomato.
This will be the most important letter I will ever write you ... My pen burns my hand as I write: words will not flow into the ink fast enough. We have a real chance to have an American ballet. . ." The year was 1933, and Lincoln Kirstein, a rich young Harvard graduate with a passion for modern art, had just been introduced in London to the Russian emigre choreographer George Balanchine.
There are a few facts-a precious few-that nobody disputes. The date was last Aug. 4, the place was Mia Farrow's house in Bridgewater, Conn., and the occasion was a routine visit by Woody Allen to see his kids. (Allen is the adoptive father of two of Farrow's 10 children and the biological father of a third.) Nor is there much dispute about the state of Allen and Farrow's relationship: it had gone down in flames months earlier when she discovered that he was having an affair with her adopted...
And the desserts! Chocolate doughnuts, deep-fried and dusted with confectioners' sugar; apple dumplings with a thin lemon syrup; devil's food cake with chocolate sauce and whipped cream; homemade ice cream. . . . --WAVERLEY ROOT, "A New England Boyhood" ..MR0-Cooks and shoppers have dreamed for years about desserts that, like doctors, are pledged to do no harm.