The Last Magnificent charts the life of Jeremiah Tower, one of the most controversial, outrageous, and influential figures in the history of American gastronomy. Yet his name has largely been obliterated from history. Featuring interviews by Mario Batali, Anthony Bourdain, and Ruth Reichl, this delicious documentary for the culinary set tells the story of the rise and fall of America’s first celebrity chef.
I wanted to share this recipe with you guys, if you’re interested in learning more about Jeremiah Tower and his story check out the trailer for his upcoming documentary.
6 cups rich chicken stock
1 packed cup marijuana stems and seeds
1/2 cup fresh basil leaves
1 loose cup freshly picked nasturtium flowers (mixed bright colors)
Preheat the oven to 275 degrees.
Bring the chicken stock to a boil in a 4-quart saucepan.
Meanwhile, spread the marijuana out on a metal cookie sheet or tray and put in the oven for 10 minutes. After the stems and seeds are “toasted,” put all of them in the chicken stock and turn off the heat. Steep for 1 hour.
Put the stock through a very fine strainer, and return to the cleaned-out saucepan.
Chop the basil leaves coarsely (1/8), and shred the nasturtium flowers. Heat the consommé to boiling. Put the basil and nasturtium in warmed soup plates, and pour the consommé over. Pass the sea salt and pepper mill separately.
Movie: JEREMIAH TOWER: THE LAST MAGNIFICENT
Synopsis: JEREMIAH TOWER: THE LAST MAGNIFICENT explores the remarkable life of Jeremiah Tower, one of the most controversial and influential figures in the history of American gastronomy. Tower began his career at the renowned Chez Panisse in Berkeley in 1972, becoming a pioneering figure in the emerging California cuisine movement. After leaving Chez Panisse, due in part to a famously contentious relationship with founder Alice Waters, Tower went on to launch his own legendary Stars Restaurant in San Francisco. Stars was an overnight sensation and soon became one of America’s top-grossing U.S. restaurants. After several years, Tower mysteriously walked away from Stars and then disappeared from the scene for nearly two decades, only to resurface in the most unlikely of places: New York City’s fabled but troubled Tavern on the Green. There, he launched a journey of self-discovery familiar to anyone who has ever imagined themselves to be an artist. Featuring interviews by Mario Batali, Anthony Bourdain, Ruth Reichl and Martha Stewart, this delicious documentary tells the story of the rise and fall of America’s first celebrity chef, whose brash personality and culinary genius has made him a living legend.