At the cold night time earlier than President Trump used to be inaugurated, Mr. Bruni and Ms. Steinhauer sat down in a noisy bourbon bar now not a long way from the Capitol to talk about meatloaf, a subject matter a long way from the political drama enjoying out at the giant display screen over their heads.
However, possibly now not all that a long way. “It’s a quintessential American dish that may bind a country!” Mr. Bruni proclaimed.
In combination, they’ve embraced the loaf in a ebook that comes out this week: “A Meatloaf in Each and every Oven: Two Chatty Chefs, One Iconic Dish and Dozens of Recipes — From Mother’s to Mario Batali’s” (Grand Central Existence & Taste, $24). It’s solid as a love letter, possibly as a lot to their friendship as to a meals whose very title screams mundane.
Propelled via their very own Proustian meatloaf reminiscences and leveraging their connections to politicians, cooks and different reporters, Mr. Bruni and Ms. Steinhauer have tried the apparently unattainable: a complete and compelling choice of 49 recipes for meatloaf.
Pals since they met at The Occasions within the mid-1990s, the 2 communicate within the shorthand of an previous married couple. Within the period of time it takes to complete a cocktail, they’ll have mentioned Hill politics, place of job politics and intercourse, and made two references to Nora Ephron, to whom the ebook is devoted.
The speculation got here from Mr. Bruni, 52; meatloaf is the one dish he has whole self belief cooking. He had lengthy nursed a fable that someday he would upload a meatloaf cookbook to his literary…