Video: Jeffrey Steingarten Interviews Nora Ephron (Sort Of)


When Julie & Julia writer-director Nora Ephron invites Vogue food writer Jeffrey Steingarten to her house to cook, we knew there was bound to be some interesting exchanges between these two scary smart, unintimidatable, and most formidable serious eaters.

Jeffrey doesn't appear as engaged as he does on Iron Chef America, but that could be the editing—or maybe not. The video itself is not as interesting as Jeffrey's article about Nora and the movie, which appears in the August issue of Vogue (unavailable online, of course). The most interesting revelation is in the first sentence of the second paragraph of the piece: "For nearly as long as I can remember, I have envied Nora Ephron." He goes on to write that he has always envied Ephron for "her writing talent and her comic voice."

Jeffrey Steingarten Cooks with Nora Ephron

My favorite Nora sound bites:

On cooking: "I love if you follow the instructions it comes out, which is not true of anything else in my life." (This quote appears in the print version of the story as well.)

On her love of food: "Food, I think, is my favorite thing. When I go somewhere I have no desire whatsoever to see a famous Renaissance painting. I only want to go to the market, and I only want to go to the restaurant. That's all I care about."

That's exactly how I feel.