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In her new book, timeless elegance Deeda Blair teaches dining with grace

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Deeda Blair knows the power of a well-planned dinner. Born in Chicago, she worked in Washington, D.C., New York City and abroad, as the wife of Ambassador William McCormick Blair Jr. to Denmark and the Philippines, in 60s. (These days, her main career is the diagnosis and treatment of mental illness, in 632.)

Indeed, it’s hard to know what’s most impressive when seeing her at her Manhattan home: Beyond Blair’s take on medical research is her ferocity Elegance, documented in a famous image on Pinterest by Horst P. Horst and Andy Warhol. Deeda Blair: Food, Flowers & Fantasy (Rizzoli), new book By Deborah Needleman, equally dazzling, paired recipes for dishes like Blair’s parfait and Gruyere roulades with images of the haunting surroundings of her meal (Hubert de Givenchy’s French country estate Château du Jonchet; Villa La Fiorentina Ferrat in Saint-Jean-Cap- and color snapshots of her life. “Some of these recipes can be traced back to my grandmother,” she said. “I mean, have you had aspic lately?”

She dedicated the book to her late son, who suffered from bipolar disorder, and her husband, who died 1280 and put it Proceeds are donated to Medicaid, which is overseen by her initiative. “Everyone wants to fund projects they know will be successful,” Blair noted in his introduction. Yet now, as ever, her mission is to ascension. “I want to fund young researchers I believe.”

Deeda Blair’s dinner table in New York, photographed by Ngoc Minh Ngo.

Image: Courtesy of Rizzoli, New York.

Deeda Blair: Food, Flowers and Fantasy
$ Amazon

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