Saturday 9 November 2013, 16:16
Our guest on Private Passions this week is the art writer Martin Gayford, a man with a passion for painting and for jazz, and with an interest in exploring the connection between the two. His new book is about Michelangelo, and I set him the brief of discovering the musical worlds of some of the painters he’s written about: what was Michelangelo listening to, as he lay on the scaffolding painting the Sistine Ceiling?
The Last Crumbs in the Restaurant La Mie, 1891 As we talked about painting and music, I realised that Martin has another passion: cooking. He loves Elizabeth David, but he’s also been experimenting with recipes from one of the artists he admires: Toulouse Lautrec. He was apparently famous for his cuisine and one of his friends wrote down his dishes – this is one of them. And you can understand why a painter would love the luscious orange of Pumpkin Gratin.
It’s the perfect recipe now, with all those pumpkins still on sale after Hallowe’en, so I plan to make it as I listen again to Martin on this week’s programme. For me, Private Passions is a great accompaniment to Sunday lunchtime in the kitchen: fascinating and surprising people sharing their greatest musical pleasures.
Toulouse Lautrec’s Gratin of Pumpkin
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