The Opera Lover’s Cookbook: Menus for Elegant Entertaining

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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 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.

Sumptuously illustrated with photographs of featured dishes and lavish productions mounted by New York’s Metropolitan Opera Company, Opera Lover’s Cookbook also dispenses advice on home entertaining and on setting the scene with stunning table decor. 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.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Stewart, Tabori and Chang (November 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1584795360
  • ISBN-13: 978-1584795360
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 1 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds

Customer Reviews

Great Cookbook for Fancy Parties

 on January 4, 2016
By AHTenore
One of the most beautiful and interesting cookbooks that I own. With that said, there are few practical recipes for everyday cookery. These menus are for a special event, and the recipes are very expensive. An experienced cook could make some substitutions here and there and make more of the recipes work on a regular basis, but the exquisite snobbery of this food is part of the fun.

Great for any Opera Lover & Cook!

One person found this helpful.
 on December 23, 2013
By jgsparks
Got this for my dad, I know he is gonna LOVE it. Only bad thing I have to say is the book cover was slightly damaged in the box. But, GREAT CHOICE!

Great recipes aND ideas for a opera inspired event

 on January 5, 2015
By miko neal
Great recipes aND ideas for a opera inspired event

High End Noshing

3 people found this helpful.
 on August 14, 2011
By Burgundy Damsel
With chapters arranged around operas, this book is a practically a series of dinner parties in one book. Gorgeous enough to grace your coffee table, it’s filled with fun trivia about famous shows and lists everything you need from pre-dinner cocktails through dessert to have a themed party based around your favorite shows.

Natural Synergy Between Opera and Food Realized in Sumptuously Presented Cookbook

31 people found this helpful.
 on November 10, 2006
By Ed Uyeshima
The connection between opera and food is such a natural that food historian Francine Segan has a field day with the lavish format of her eminently entertaining cookbook. Each chapter reflects a specific operatic work or theme (e.g., Gershwin’s “Porgy and Bess”, German opera) or the overall work of a legendary composer like Puccini and Mozart. From that basis, Segan offers the appropriate menu, whether it is a casual brunch, a formal five-course dinner, or in the case of Mozart, a collection of delectable sweets like Figaro’s Orange Cake or Linzertorte Music Bars. The tastiest-looking recipes include the tapas inspired by Bizet’s “Carmen”, including Serrano Ham with Drunken Melon and Melty Manchego with Spicy-Sweet Tomato Jam, and the down-home, “Porgy and Bess”-inspired dishes like Maple Buttermilk Biscuits and Butternut Squash “Hash” with Southern Comfort.

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