I’ve been a Nora Ephron fan ever since I read Heartburn twenty plus years ago.
Imagine a novelist pausing her storytelling to plop down a recipe!
That never happened in the novels I read for English class. Sure would have livened up pasty old Billy Budd.
I love Nora’s films too. My daughter Kath of Katheats.com, was one of the first food diary bloggers. The family watched Nora’s last film, Julie and Julia, with enthusiasm.
Lately, I’ve been studying Nora’s writing, especially her use of detail, recall, wit, and what reviewer Lisel Schillinger describes as “hard and funny truths.” Plenty of lessons for this blogger.
Nora warns us, “Anything you think is wrong with your body at age thirty-five you will be nostalgic for at the age of forty-five.”
Sigh. She’s right.
As I rode in the back seat the other day, the rear view mirror called out to me: OLD NECK. I SEE LINES AND FOLDS. HA! GOTCHA.
But Nora spotted her old neck first and was clever enough to slap it on a book cover:
The book won’t fix out necks though.
But misery loves Nora Ephron company.
Thanks, Nora. You showed us how to age with spunk. We miss you!
And here’s the scene from Heartburn. Watch Meryl cram that delicious key lime pie into Jack’s face. Take that, you cheater!
Nora’s obituary in the Washington Post is here.
Find some of Nora’s recipes, including the notorious key lime pie, here.
The top photo is from the Washington Post obit.
Gratitude Prayers: Congratulations to Silvia, who won the copy of June Cotner’s Gratitude Prayers.