When one hears the name Audrey Hepburn several words come to mind: chic, refined, svelte, glamorous and elegant. You don't think of spaghetti looking at that waist line. I'm also pretty sure no one has uttered the word slutty either. But alas, I have news for you. Did you know that Miss Holly Golightly ate a bowl of pasta practically every day!! And, one of her favourites was Spaghetti alla Puttanesca - which translates to Slutty Spaghetti! Nope, no joke.
Audrey Hepburn's Slutty Spaghetti
Last December when I was frantically running around Christmas shopping I saw this book at Chapters and immediately had to open it up and look through it. Within 30 seconds I knew it had to go on my Christmas list. Audrey at Home: Memories of My Mother's Kitchen is written by Audrey's son Luca.
The book is a treasure trove full of goodies if you're a Hepburn fan. The chapters, and recipes for that matter, are marked by the different phases in Audrey's life. So the beginning, where she was a full time actress, has much simpler and healthier recipes. Whereas, the chapter that focuses on her time living in Rome are full of fantastic Italian cuisine that she put her own little twist on.
My favourite though was discovering the recipes to some of her secret indulgences. Like her beloved chocolate cake that she would make for every family celebration or her junk-food pasta (i.e, pasta with ketchup..for real!) that she would eat with her kids in front of the TV when she was feeling lazy.
This time around I chose to make Audrey's Spaghetti alla Puttanesca. I had actually been meaning to try out this dish for a while because I love salty-tangy dishes. So when I saw she was also a fan of it I had to give it a try. People argue over how this dish got it's name, but most seems most believe that it was a dish favoured by the prostitutes in Italy because the ingredients are cheap and it's a quick dish to make.
I decided to give my dish a healthy twist to it by replacing the spaghetti noodles with zoodles, that is, zucchini noodles made with my spiralizer. Honestly, the dish is just as hearty and satisfying as real pasta but with so fewer calories and carbs. I highly recommend trying this version, as well as the original.
On top of learning all of Audrey's beloved recipes there a numerous never before seen family photos in the book, personal stories told by Luca, as well as handwritten notes made by the woman herself taken from her cookbooks. It was really such a joy to get to know Audrey better through her kitchen.
If you are a Audrey Hepburn fan I would love to know what your favourite movie of hers? Would you like me to share more of her favourite recipes as I cook through the book?