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Classical Notes: March 21, 2008 Archive

Shrimp a la Pavarotti

Posted at 8:16 AM on March 21, 2008 by Rex Levang (1 Comments)

Here's Peruvian tenor Juan Diego Florez, creating an original seafood dish, Shrimp a la Pavarotti. No recipe given, though perhaps Lynn Rossetto Kasper and Sally Swift could recreate it.

Pavarotti might well have enjoyed it, judging by this anecdote:

After their separation, [Princess] Diana came to New York, and she and I were both invited to a dinner. . . At dinner we all ordered different things, and she ordered broiled shrimp that looked wonderful. I said to her, 'Princess, these shrimp must be very good, yes?' She said they were excellent. Later I said they must be really delicious. She smiled and nodded enthusiastically. Finally, I said, 'Listen. I tried twice with no success. Now I ask you directly. May I have one of your shrimp?" She got flustered and very apologetic. 'I am so sorry. . . .I didn't realize . . . ' Then she smiled in a shy way and said, 'I am not accustomed to sharing my food.' If that is true, she would have a terrible time at my family table.

--Luciano Pavarotti with William Wright, My World

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