The task at hand:
- Pick up the nearest book.
- Open to page 123.
- Find the fifth sentence.
- Post the next three sentences.
- Tag five people, and acknowledge who tagged you.
So, when I read Levi’s post this morning, the closest book to me was Clémentine in the Kitchen, a book best described in its own terms:
This is the gastronomic diary of the Becks, an American family in France, and of their most cherished possession, Clémentine, the faithful red-cheeked cuisinière who presided majestically over the Beck kitchen for close to a decade.
The Becks, described as “well-upholstered Anglo Saxons” loved their “alert, good-natured little Burgundian woman” much as we well-upholstered Hungarian Jews love our drowsy, temperamental fat tabby cat. Sandy, on giving the book to me as a Hanukkah present, suggested perhaps we might write some follow up volumes, like “Clementine in the Bathroom Crying for Tap Water” or “Clementine in the Blanket She Thinks is Her Mother."
So, page 123 is mostly a description of how to make various dishes with leftover ham. I’m going to cheat. Page 125 is way better, dealing as it does with the depredations of Clementine’s culinary life in the United States, after the family fled war-torn Europe.
Why didn’t Mr. Cletus R. Wilcox, the town butcher, have an occasional rabbit, goose, pheasant, or guinea hen in season? Clémentine accepted Madame Beck’s explanation of these essential shortages with sympathy, but no amount of elucidation could clear up the most baffling mystery of all – why was there no veal? Weeks would go by and the nearest approach to veal in her kitchen would be the picture of a calf’s head on the family box of gelatine.
My friends, I ask you, what good is a Beouf à la Mode without a calf’s foot? By which I mean, what is on page 123 of the book nearest you? But, not many of my friends have blogs. Perhaps Jon would take the challenge? Or, maybe some of these people will want to leave their three sentences in the comments?
- my mom
- my dad
- Any member of Sandy’s family…Amy? Lilli? Peter?