Sumary of Rachel Roddy’s recipe for rice salad | A kitchen in Rome:
- Behind me, Vincenzo was looking at an Italian horror comic called Dylan Dog.
- And, on page 20, an actual caleidoscopio, of stuzzichini, or what my grandma might have referred to as nibbles: an Italian version of the cheese-and-pineapple hedgehog featuring a cauliflower impaled with toothpicks supporting cheese-salami-pickle-olive piles, a pie of canapes, 15 tempting sauces and five sorts of rice salad.
- Over time, several visitors to the house have picked up one of those three books from the leaning piles in the corner of the kitchen and leafed through, remembering Biondi, how prolific she was, a regular on the radio and in magazines, and how she endorsed stock cubes, mayonnaise and olive oil.
- A friend recalled that, as a child, he was in love with her.
- Because, according to Barzini and much to our friend’s dismay, Biondi was the entirely fictional creation of a group of experts paid by the margarine magnate Van Den Bergh.
- Someone ask Dylan Dog to investigate who was actually on the radio.