Take it away Nora.
On intelligence: “I think the feeling I like least in the whole world is feeling dumb.”
On dinner party fiascoes: “Calm down, it didn’t matter, pour another drink, no one will care.”
On having a blow-out: “It’s cheaper by far than psychoanalysis and much more uplifting”
On politics: “As far as the men who are running for president are concerned, they aren’t even people I would date.”
On her idea of a perfect afternoon: “A frozen custard at Shake Shack and a walk in the park. (Followed by a Lactaid.)”
On entertaining: “The point wasn’t about the recipes. The point was about making people feel at home, about finding your own style, whatever it was, and committing to it. The point was about giving up neurosis where food was concerned. The point was about finding a way that food fit into your life.”
On advice for young women: “Be the heroine of your life, not the victim… I hope that you choose not to be a lady. I hope you will find some way to break the rules and make a little trouble out there.”