audreys new book

The Little Book of Audrey Hepburn
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A new book by Caroline Jones: Audrey Hepburn’s star quality, fashion sense, and elegance made her a style icon for women of all ages. This stunningly illustrated tribute reveals how her unique beauty made her a dream subject for designers and photographers alike. Featuring her collaborations with Givenchy, and stills from her most famous films, The Little Book of Audrey Hepburn takes readers on a journey through the actress’s life. (Amazon)

This is truly The Little Book of Audrey Hepburn. It’s filled with photographs and information about Audrey Hepburn chronicling her life from a young ingénue, to a fashion icon, to a humanitarian and mother. The book fits perfectly in your bag so you’ll always have a drop of inspiration wherever the day may take you.

Despite her sylph-like shape, Audrey Hepburn never denied herself her favorite treats, especially the one she loved above all others: dark chocolate.

“She loved chocolate,” says her son Luca Dotti, who’s written a new book, Audrey at Home, featuring his mother’s favorite recipes and over 250 family photos, excerpted in this week’s PEOPLE. “She ate a little every day. It was her favorite pick-me-up.”

Hepburn served a flourless chocolate cake on special occasions and birthdays, sprinkled with powdered sugar and accompanied by homemade whipped cream and a side dish of vanilla ice cream.“She made it especially for me,” says Dotti. “This cake is slightly bitter and stays moist. She and I both liked dark chocolate.”

Audrey Hepburn’s Chocolate Cake (Serves 8 to 10)

11 oz. unsweetened dark chocolate, chopped

¼ cup whole milk

1 stick unsalted butter, cut into small pieces, plus extra for greasing

8 eggs, separated

1 cup sugar

Flour for pan

Powdered sugar

1. Preheat the oven to 400°. Butter and flour a 10- or 12-in. round baking pan.

2. Melt the chocolate with the milk in a bain-marie (a heatproof bowl set over a saucepan of simmering water). Add the butter and stir to blend thoroughly. Turn off the heat and add the 8 egg yolks, and mix.

3. In a separate bowl, gradually add the sugar to the egg whites and whip to form stiff peaks. Gently fold into the chocolate-egg yolk mixture. Pour into the prepared pan.

4. Bake for 30 minutes. Turn off the oven, open the door, and leave the cake inside for a few minutes (this will prevent the crust from cracking). Remove from the oven and cool for about 10 minutes before removing from the pan. Cool completely before serving. Sprinkle with powdered sugar and serve with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.

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Photographs of Audrey Hepburn from the new book Hollywood Frame by Frame: The Unseen Silver Screen in Contact Sheets, 1951-1997.

Audrey Hepburn, William Holden, and director Billy Wilder on the set of the film Sabrina, October 5th, 1953.

Audrey Hepburn on the set of the film Sabrina at 30 Broad Street, Manhattan, New York City, October 5th, 1953.

Here is the cover for Luca Dotti’s new book ‘Audrey At Home’. I can’t wait to get this!

From publisher Harper Collins:

“Enter Audrey Hepburn’s private world in this unique biography compiled by her son that combines recollections, anecdotes, excerpts from her personal correspondence, drawings, and recipes for her favorite dishes written in her own hand, and more than 250 previously unpublished personal family photographs.

Audrey at Home offers fans an unprecedented look at the legendary star, bringing together the varied aspects of her life through the food she loved—from her childhood in Holland during World War II, to her time in Hollywood as an actress and in Rome as a wife and mother, to her final years as a philanthropist traveling the world for UNICEF.”

More information in the link.

Rare Audrey Hepburn Book Review -Fan Phenomena: Audrey Hepburn (Intellect Books - Fan Phenomena)

I was lucky enough to receive an advance copy of Fan Phenomena: Audrey Hepburn from the very generous people at Intellect Books.  Here is my review of the book.

The book is tall and slender reminiscent of it’s theme, Audrey Hepburn.  Included in the book are well-written and insightful essays contributed by Audrey Hepburn fans and enthusiasts alike.  Fan Phenomena: Audrey Hepburn is different from most Audrey books, it is not your typical biography but instead a book devoted to giving Audrey fans a voice.  The same fans that have spent endless hours memorizing her films, following her rules of fashion, and putting into practice Audrey’s selfless approach to life.  Each chapter has a very unique view on Audrey Hepburn’s influence on modern day culture and will resonate with many fans.

In the first chapter titled “Audrey Hepburn: Fashion, Fairy Tales and Transformations” Lynn Hilditch studies the self-motivated and forced transformations of Audrey Hepburn’s onscreen characters.  Princess Anne in Roman Holiday is described as a self motivated transformation. Once an innocently naïve Princess “who has become tired of her role as the personification of ‘sweetness and decency’”(Lynn Hilditch) to the self-liberated young woman who chops off her hair and roams the streets of Rome with Gregory Peck on the back of his scooter.  An example of a forced metamorphosis is Jo Stockton from Funny Face.  Jo is an ordinary bookworm who, with the help of Dick Avery (Fred Astaire) and the fashion team at Quality Magazines, transforms into a “bird of paradise”.   No matter the character, whether it’s Holly Golightly (formerly known as Lula Mae) in Breakfast at Tiffany’s or the flower girl, Eliza Doolittle, turned proper English lady in My Fair Lady; each character is reflective of a contemporary Cinderella.  The story of Cinderella isn’t too dissimilar to that of Audrey Hepburn’s own life story. As a young girl from a war torn country, Audrey Hepburn is transformed into a film legend with legions of adoring fans.  Audrey’s own life could be considered a fairy tale and if there is one thing that Audrey loves it’s a good fairy tale:

“If I’m honest I have to tell you I still read fairy tales and I like them best of all.”  Audrey Hepburn

The chapter “Audrey is a Hep Cat Now” explores Audrey Hepburn’s “kittenish ways” (Jacqui Miller) describing the Breakfast at Tiffany’s poster as “[representing] the duality of Audrey’s ‘class’ and Holly’s deviance by fusing haute couture with an alley cat,” (Jacqui Miller).  While another essay (“Why is Hepburn so ‘Audrey’?”) justifies that no matter the film or on-screen role, Audrey Hepburn “retains her ‘essence’, a certain Audrey-ness” exemplified in “her voice, her posture; and her playfulness.” (Esperanza Miyake)

“Audrey’s voice has always been rich with poignancy for me, a quiet yet lively sound tinged with a taste of sadness.” Esperanza Miyake

Fan Phenomena: Audrey Hepburn is the latest installment in Intellect Book’s Fan Phenomena series.  Unlike other books about the charming actress, Fan Pheomena gives the reader the opportunity to hear from the voices that reflect our own, the fans, the real life “Hepburnites”. It’s a fun read with a twist that allows Audrey fans to see through the eyes of one another.