Sunday, December 12, 2010

Andy Warhol meets Amy Vanderbilt

From 1949 through 1961, Andy Warhol was a commercial artist.
A distant cousin of the storied family of vast wealth, Amy Vanderbilt was most famous for her books on etiquette. One year before his Los Angeles debut as a serious artist, Andy drew these simple, wry ink drawings for her cookbook. His leap to pop art was not so broad a jump, as you can see. Two days after Christmas in 1974, Amy fell from a window of her second story townhouse on East 87th Street, dying of multiple skull fractures. The circumstances have never been determined.

The cookbook itself is surprisingly useful, and I've gone back to it many times over the years. I made these Pasadena Canapes for my Mad Men Christmas party last night and they were quite popular. I found I had to add more flour than the recipe suggests. It should be akin to cookie dough upon refrigeration, sticky but not so sticky it does not hold a shape upon slicing. Top with olive slices or anything else you like.

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