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Anna Wintour Biography Reveals Her Strange $77.33 USD Go-To Lunch

Just three ingredients, no vegetables.

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Amy Odell released her book Anna: The Biography on the famous Anna Wintour earlier this month, with 430 pages of information on the Vogue editor-in-chief gathered from over 250 sources. One of the bizarre discoveries the writer made throughout her four years of working on the biography was Wintour’s strange go-to lunch menu.

“In fact, Wintour’s go-to lunch, after Condé Nast moved offices to 1 World Trade Center, was a steak and Caprese salad without the tomatoes from the nearby Palm restaurant.” According to the book, Wintour — who is known to be extremely meticulous — would often order the menu five to six years ago, although it’s still available at the Tribeca steakhouse. Grub Street reports that this order amounts to $77.33 USD including tax and tip.

Odell further wrote in her book: “The lunch would have been picked up typically by the second assistant. You know how in The Devil Wears Prada we see the assistants throwing the plate in an office sink? In more recent years, the plate was packed up and sent back to the Palm, which then cleaned it.”

So, essentially, this $77.33 USD dish is a piece of steak with mozzarella and some basil leaves. As Grub Street‘s writer Emilia Petrarca explains based on personal experience, the mozzarella slices were “thick and pillowy” and the basil was “visibly fresh,” but without the tomatoes the dish felt like “stuffing cotton balls in my mouth.” Read the full review here.

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