Last evening Gilt City held a sold-out cocktail party fêting Cindi Leive’s recent foray into cookbook writing, and to our unexpected chagrin Glamour’s editor-in-chief pulled a Paula Deen when getting rather intimate with raw chicken. 100 Recipes Every Woman Should Know is filled with foolproof culinary ideas, and for skeptics who think such a title lacks audience, think again--it was a New York Times’ bestseller for two consecutive weeks.
Held in a midtown kitchen event space (who knew such places existed?), Gilt City subscribers giddily crowded around Leive as she prepared the book’s signature, “Engagement Chicken.” The energetic editrix (dressed in Stella McCartney’s enviable Resort florals) explained to us, “One of our fashion editors gave this recipe to an assistant who made it for her boyfriend, after eating he it dropped to his knees and proposed!” The recipe has spawned four more Glamour Girl engagements with an additional 75 readers having written to the mag in appreciation of Engagement Chicken’s magical powers.
Leive’s roast wonder even had a celeb appearance--on the Howard Stern Show of all places. The radio persona once raved about chicken then-girlfriend Beth Ostrosky prepared the night prior when a listener called in saying, “I bet it was the engagement chicken in this month’s Glamour Magazine.” Stern called his girlfriend over-the-air to inquire if such were true. Embarrassed, she admitted to cooking the recipe.
Needless to say, the two are now married. The chicken’s genius apparently lies in the liberal amount of seasoning and excessive amount of lemony-ness which Leive took ten steps further when forcefully stuffing citrus into the bird’s cavity, sans-assistance may I add. Initially the event’s brilliance seemed to lie in its excellent cucumber ginger fizz cocktails, but an opportunity to watch well-heeled editors handle salmonella-infested poultry is definitely worth any price of admission.