A revelation in a new biography about Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour’s “weird” lunch order has the internet baffled.
She is the editor of American Vogue and a notorious New York powerhouse. But now Anna Wintour’s secrets have been revealed in a new book, Anna: The Biography.
But of the revelations sketched out in the book, it was a lunch order by the fashion doyenne that caused the biggest buzz, the New York Post reports.
Written by Amy Odell, using over 250 sources, the lunch order in question has caused some wobble.
“In fact, Wintour’s lunch, after Condé Nast moved its offices to 1 World Trade Center, was steak and a caprese salad without the tomatoes from the nearby Palm restaurant,” the book says.
It takes a lot to wonder about the taste of the woman who inspired the character of Miranda Priestly in The devil wears Prada, but the 72-year-old’s particular lunch order raised questions. Mainly, what is a caprese salad without tomatoes? (The answer is cheese.)
The odd lunch order is something Wintour allegedly ordered five to six years ago, but is still available on the menu at The Palm in Tribeca.
According to food streetthe meal plus tip comes to A$111.50 ($77.33), slightly more than an average worker’s lunch.
Miranda Brooks, Wintour’s landscape designer for her home in Mastic, Long Island, explained why the avid fashionista would forgo such a vital part of a classic dish.
In the biography, Brooks claimed that she tried to convince Wintour to plant a vegetable garden on her 17 hectares of land but was shot because the publisher “doesn’t like vegetables”.
Odell explained to New York magazine that she learned about the order from two different people.
“Lunch would have been picked up usually by the second assistant,” Odell said, adding that the deluxe dish would arrive on a ceramic plate provided by the Palm and then be replated by an assistant.
“You know how in The devil wears Pradathe assistants are seen throwing the plate into an office sink?
“In recent years, the plate was packed up and returned to the Palm, who then cleaned it.”
The bizarre revelation of Wintour’s lunch order is just one of many questions the book answered, but it also raised new questions about the notoriously private character.
Is a caprese salad still a salad without tomatoes? How is a woman over 65 supposed to eat only red meat and cheese for lunch? How could Wintour not taste a vegetable she has loved for over 70 years while dining at some of the best restaurants in the world?
In the words of Miranda Priestly, “Please bore someone else with your questions.”
This article originally appeared on the New York Post and has been reproduced with permission