I. Following is a recipe for what I think is the most delicious dish in the world, Riso In Bianco Con Tartufi Bianchi (Boiled Rice With White Truffles), which I have copied from Elizabeth David’s classic book, “Italian Food” (London, Macdonald, 1954).
I haven’t prepared this recipe, or even tasted white truffles, for a very long time, but the memory of the flavor lingers and is ineradicable:
Riso In Bianco Con Tartufi Bianchi (Boiled Rice With White Truffles)
One of the classic ways of eating white truffles. Prepare a dish of perfectly boiled rice, pour over it a large quantity of the very best grated Parmesan cheese, an equally generous amount of fresh, cold, unsalted butter, and raw truffles cut in the finest of slices. A most exquisite dish.
Included above and below are photos of each of the recipe’s constituent elements. Unfortunately (and I think predictably), the only images I was able to find online showed this dish’s “cousin”, risotto with white truffles, which is excellent, of course, but far inferior in my opinion, to this plainer and purer rendition.
II. Supplementing Friday’s Labor Day/Vladimir Tatlin appreciation, please find below directions for preparing a Communist Cocktail. I don’t know the history of this concoction, but the recipe appears in a number of bar manuals and the various versions are fairly consistent. Personally, I wouldn’t care for it (I don’t like cherries), but I imagine it’s quite good and it looks pretty:
1 ounce London dry gin
1 ounce freshly squeezed orange juice
0.75 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
0.5 ounce cherry brandy (Cherry Heering)
Shake until as cold as Mother Russia, double strain into a very proletarian cocktail glass.
With fresh fruit juices and Cherry Heering, this is a little bourgeois for the name. I was initially reluctant to go with the full 3/4 ounce lemon juice, but decided the cherry brandy and orange juice would be plenty sweet, so in it went.
A surprisingly dry final result.
"I can still see the reproachful look he [Trotsky] gave Diego Rivera when the latter maintained (which was hardly extravagant) that drawing had been in decline since the cave period..."
— André Breton, Radio Interview with André Parinaud, 1952