Journalist, author, screenwriter, and director Nora Ephron is doing the rounds to promote her new film Julie and Julia, about the book by the blogger who replicated Julia Child’s recipes over a year, and stole her soul
In last weekend’s New York Times, everyone’s favorite cougar, Maureen Dowd, interviewed Ephron about food in twenty questions or so. But the last is the best:
Q: What would your last meal be, if you got executed for killing a moody actor?
A: A hot dog from Nate ’n Al’s delicatessen in Beverly Hills.
We shouldn’t be surprised. After all, it was Ephron who wrote the famous Katz’s orgasm scene in When Harry Met Sally, not to mention the rest of the film.
It was also Ephron, who wrote of Langer’s Delicatessen, in the New Yorker:
The hot pastrami sandwich served at Langer’s Delicatessen in downtown Los Angeles is the finest hot pastrami sandwich in the world….The rye bread, faintly sour, perfumed with caraway seeds, lightly dusted with cornmeal, is as good as any rye bread on the planet, and Langer’s puts about seven ounces of pastrami on it, the proper proportion of meat to bread. The resulting sandwich, slathered with Gulden’s mustard, is an exquisite combination of textures and tastes. It’s soft but crispy, tender but chewy, peppery but sour, smoky but tangy. It’s a symphony orchestra, different instruments brought together to play one perfect chord. It costs eight-fifty and is, in short, a work of art.
In short, Mrs. Ephron knows her deli and she loves it well and true. So when Save the Deli comes out, why not send her a copy? Maybe then Tom Hanks can star as me in the film version. Or Colin Hanks. Either will do.