Olivia Wilde has posted the Salad dressing recipe – or at least a Salad Dressing Recipe – anyone can make from scratch, and she literally took a page from Nora Ephron’s 1983 classic Heartburn.
In a vacuum, that sentence is total nonsense, but it’ll make more sense soon, I promise. Stick with me and you’ll understand at least 75% of it in no time. where to start
Wilde recently ended her relationship with Jason Sudeikis, her longtime partner and father of her children, and began dating Harry Styles, a star of her film don’t worry darling. There’s been a lot of drama surrounding all of this lately, but it’s only marginally related. For our purposes today, this drama only whetted the public’s appetite: the couple’s former nanny worked with the daily mail, Britain’s leading publisher of romantic psychological thriller series, on articles about her former employers. Wilde and Sudeikis, it should be noted, together in a joint statement, denied the nanny’s testimony in unequivocal terms.
“As parents, it is incredibly upsetting to learn that a former nanny of our two young children has chosen to publicly make such false and bizarre allegations about us,” they said in a joint statement to the Daily Mail. “Your 18-month campaign to harass us, loved ones, close friends and colleagues has reached its unfortunate climax. We will remain focused on raising and protecting our children with the sincere hope that now she will choose to leave our family alone.”
Still, the nanny’s account is out there. In one of the articles, she claimed that Sudeikis was so distraught over Wilde’s breakup with him that Sudeikis was so upset that he lay down in front of it when Wilde made a “special dressing” for her new boyfriend, which she often made for her family Wild car so she couldn’t take the dressing to Styles. Recalling the conversation she allegedly had with Sudeikis, the nanny said the actor told her: “[Wilde] has a special salad dressing that she makes for us and she took it to eat with him now.
This led to all of Twitter and parts of Instagram and even some of TikTok wondering aloud, “What homemade salad dressing would make a man prostrate in front of a car so a pop star-turned-actor would never taste it?” (or creamy? Or sweet?) flavors? Some have speculated that it’s the same dressing that Wilde shared in a 2020 Food Network special, and those folks may have been right, because on Tuesday, after all that conjecture, Wilde posted this page of Heartburn.
heartburn is a book about how Nora Ephron told everyone in the District of Columbia who Deep Throat was, but no one was listening, so she left. Sorry no, it’s a thinly veiled autobiographical story about how her husband, a notable journalist Karl Bernstein, cheated on her when she was pregnant so she left.
The Ephron character taught the Amber character how to make the salad dressing the night before she escaped DC and returned to her true home, New York. And yes, after all that, it was a simple vinaigrette (a bit of Dijon, a bit of red wine vinegar, and olive oil to emulsify).
Whether this is the Salad dressing, or just a post acknowledging that the most poignant, plaintive, life-affirming stories surrounding ordinary, otherwise-forgotten details become their truest, is unclear. But listen, it’s a book about a woman with kids who leaves her partner, and salad dressing features prominently in it, so I can’t imagine a universe or timeline that she’s in would not post this page from the book to her Instagram Stories. Top right the recipe for salad dressing, readers of heartburn and Wilde’s Instagram followers can read the book’s raison d’être: “Because when I tell the story I can make you laugh, and I’d rather have you laugh at me than have you feel sorry for me. Because when I tell the story, it doesn’t hurt that much. Because if I tell the story, I can move on with it.”
https://www.vanityfair.com/style/2022/10/olivia-wildes-salad-dressing-is-a-nora-ephron-recipe Olivia Wilde Suggests the Salad Dressing Is a Nora Ephron Recipe