I count myself so very fortunate to have been invited to the “Dinner with Jackson Pollock” book launch luncheon yesterday at the 1770 House in East Hampton. It was an afternoon I won’t soon forget.
The book by Robyn Lea, and with a forward by Helen Harrison and preface by Francesca Pollock, is spectacular. The food by chef Michael Rozzi was out of this world. Seriously. If you haven’t eaten at 1770, get yourself there post-haste for one of the best meals you’ll have in your life. And the dining companions at my table on the patio—Kathryn Menu of the Sag Harbor Express, Michelle Trauring of the Southampton Press, Eileen Duffy of Edible East End, Michael Braverman of Hamptons Magazine and Helen Harrison of the Pollock-Krasner House (and of course Suzee Foster, who didn’t sit with us but did invite me to this special shindig)—were the absolute best.
Chef Rozzi’s menu was inspired by the book. The three courses were so thoughtful and delicious that I was beside myself with pleasure. They were: beet borscht with Stella’s salmon loaf on Jackson’s white bread served with North Fork Browder’s egg; salmon caviar and lemon for the first; Bonac clam pie in the shell with spinach muffins, spring greens and tomato chutney for the main; and raspberry poached pears with Bavarian crème and Cody cookies for the dessert. Yumtastic!
Rozzi, the only chef in the Hamptons who consulted on the book, tested more than 30 handwritten recipes by Pollock, his wife, Lee Krasner, and Pollock’s mother, Stella, as found tucked in cookbooks at Pollock-Krasner House in Springs, East Hampton. Not many people outside of the Hamptons would know that the world’s most famous abstract painter was also a gardener, baker and dinner-party host. ‘Tis true. Planting, gathering, fishing and clamming for ingredients connected him to nature, and in turn inspired many of his greatest works.
You too can learn more about this fantastic book by heading out to Guild Hall in East Hampton on Tuesday, July 7, for a panel discussion with Lea and Guild Hall Executive Director Ruth Appelhof (who lived, cooked and ate with Lee Krasner back in the day) from 5 to 7 p.m. Or you can attend the book signing at the Pollock-Krasner House in Springs on July 5 (http://sb.cc.stonybrook.edu/pkhouse/calendar/index.shtml). Or you can catch Lea at this year’s East Hampton Library Author’s Night on August 8 (www.authorsnight.org).
Check out the book here: http://www.assouline.com/dinner-with-jackson-pollock.html.
Make reservations at 1770 House here: www.1770house.com