26 August 2011

Food in Fiction: Goodfellas

"In prison, dinner was always a big thing. We had a pasta course and then we had a meat or a fish. Paulie did the prep work. He was doing a year for contempt and he had this wonderful system for doing the garlic. He used a razor and he used to slice it so thin that it used to liquify in the pan with just a little oil. It's a very good system."

Henry Hill (Ray Liotta)
Screenplay by Nicholas Pileggi & Martin Scorsese, based on Pileggi's book Wiseguy
Directed by Martin Scorsese

Paulie's thin slicing technique is properly called émincer.

Watch the dinner scene on YouTube (sadly, not embeddable)

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