Clearly, I've become a Nora Ephron fan. Not a crazy huge one, but a mild one. The best parts of this book? Here they are:
- I love this line so much: "...simply because you've been raised to believe that the only polite response to the words "I love you" is "I love you, too."
- How to properly cook mushrooms: "He taught me to cook mushrooms. He taught me that if you heat the butter very hot and put just a very few mushrooms into the frying pan, they come out nice and brown and crispy, whereas if the butter is only moderately hot and you crowd the mushrooms, they get all mushy and wet."
- I can't describe how much I relate to parts of this story and it makes me very happy: "I felt really sad when Arnold (<their hamster>) died, because Charlie (<her ex-husband>) was devoted to Arnold and had invented a fairly elaborate personality for Arnold that Arnold did his best to live up to. Hamsters don't really do that much, but Charlie had built an entire character for Arnold and made up a lot of hamster jokes he claimed Arnold had come up with, mostly having to do with chopped lettuce. Also, and I'm sorry to tell you this, Charlie often talked in a high, squeaky voice that was meant to be Arnold's, and I'm even sorrier to tell you that I often replied in a high, squeaky voice that was meant to be Shirley's (<their other hamster>). You enter into a certain amount of madness when you marry a person with pets, but I didn't care."
- The recipe for her favourite vinaigrette: "Mix two tablespoons of Grey Poupon mustard with two tablespoons good red wine vinegar. Then, whisking constantly with a fork, slowly add six tablespoons olive oil, until the vinaigrette is thick and creamy; this makes a very strong vinaigrette that's perfect for salad greens like arugula and watercress and endive."