The author and filmmaker Nora Ephron, who died Tuesday night, had a famous love affair with food. Ephron was the maven who knew where to get the best coffee cake, cappuccino and smoked salmon in New York City. She didn't just back into the idea of making the (kind of) Julia Child biopic, "Julia & Julia," her last movie. The movies Ephron made are full of food-love.
There's Meg Ryan's "high-maintenance, dressing-on-the-side instructions to waiters in"When Harry Met Sally" -- I just want it the way I want it." That same movie, of course, is responsible for one of the most famous restaurant scenes in movie history, set in Katz's Delicatessen. A cookbook writer is the heroine of "Heartburn," the movie version of Ephron's novel into which she threaded some of her own favorite recipes.
In"Sleepless," filmed partially in Baltimore, Ryan plays Sun reporter Annie Reed. She and her editor, played by Rosie O'Donnell, go out to lunch at the Woman's Industrial Exchange, the historic Charles Street eatery that Irene Smith reopened last year as the Woman's Industrial Kitchen.
Faidley's was almost in the movie, too. "Faidley's was great, and they ended up on the cutting room floor, but it's not their fault, it's mine," Ephron told the Baltimore Sun's Jean Marbella. "The last day, we were filming on the dock at Fells Point . . . and we had just eaten 40 crab cakes and soft shell crabs, and I thought, I could shoot this movie forever."
Another Sun reporter got this impression from Ephron: "(She) came to town for a premiere ... though one had the impression the screening was sheer subterfuge: The real reason was the food."