If you're going to follow the trail of Robin Williams in the new movie RV and take the family on a road trip this summer, surely you don't want to live on burgers and franks. A new cookbook can help you prepare gourmet meals from the galley of your luxury coach. Cooking on the Road with Celebrity Chefs (Woodall's, $19.95) features recipes and tips from culinary luminaries such as Charlie Palmer, whose restaurants include Aureole in New York and Las Vegas; Melissa Perello, executive chef at the Fifth Floor restaurant in San Francisco; and Harry Schwartz, the cookbook author and star of PBS TV's Chef Harry & Friends.
What makes these recipes road-worthy? They usually call for one pot or a grill, says the book's editor, Anne de Ravel. The tools may be basic, but the fare is hardly bland. "Spice rubs seem to be the trend with chefs on the road. They blend and pack them before leaving and use them in many ways," she says. One of de Ravel's favorites is Mole Rubbed Steak, a recipe by Daniel Bruce, executive chef at the Boston Harbor Hotel.
It turns out Refco (REFXCQ), the New York commodities brokerage that collapsed last October owing billions, has some valuable assets to sell: the art that once hung on its walls. In sales on Apr. 25, May 5, and May 10, Christie's is auctioning off the more than 500 pieces in Refco's contemporary photography collection. The works were acquired over two decades by Frances Dittmer, during the tenures of her ex-husband, Refco founder Thomas Dittmer, and ex-CEO Phillip Bennett, who is fighting federal fraud charges for allegedly hiding huge losses from investors. Christie's expects the sale to raise $4.5 million to $6.4 million. The most important auction is May 5, when 41 key works by some of the hottest names of the past decade, including Germany's Andreas Gursky, China's Zhang Huan, and Americans William Eggleston and the late Diane Arbus, are expected to raise about $3 million.
Making the pilgrimage to Louisville for the Kentucky Derby on May 6? Try going 10 rounds at the new Muhammad Ali Center, which opened last November in The Greatest's hometown. The boxer's life story is presented through interactive exhibits that emphasize his six core values: respect, confidence, conviction, dedication, spirituality, and giving. One display lets you feel the strength of an Ali punch. In the video area, 15 of Ali's bouts are edited to 20-minute clips.