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Read it and eat it: Ready Player One and pasta salad

Ina Garten's Lobster and Shells recipe and Ready Player One tip to eighties nostalgia.

Video games, denim, DeLoreans, Blade Runner…dive into eighties nostalgia with Ernest Cline’s Ready Player One. On a culinary note, we couldn’t resist pairing this bangin’ read with that popular eighties dish – pasta salad. Although, we went with Ina Garten’s Lobster and Shells recipe which is a delicious and modern update.

Eat It.

Lobster & Shells from Barefoot Contessa How Easy Is That? by Ina GartenLobster and Shells
Recipe from Barefoot Contessa How Easy Is That? by Ina Garten
Serves 8

Kosher salt
Good olive oil
½ pound small pasta shells, such as Ronzoni
Kernels from 4 ears of corn (about 3 cups)
6 scallions, white and green parts, thinly sliced
1 yellow or orange bell pepper, seeded and small-diced
1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved
1 pound cooked fresh lobster meat, medium-diced
¾ cup good mayonnaise
½ cup sour cream
¼ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (2 lemons)
Freshly ground black pepper
¾ cup minced fresh dill

1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil and add 1 tablespoon of salt and some olive oil. Add the pasta and cook it for 8 to 10 minutes, until al dente. Add the corn to the pasta and cook it for another 2 minutes, until the corn is tender. Drain the pasta and corn together in a colander and pour them into a large mixing bowl. Add the scallions, diced pepper, tomatoes, and lobster, tossing gently to combine. Allow to cool slightly.

2. In a small bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, sour cream, lemon juice, 2 teaspoons salt, and 1 teaspoon pepper until smooth. Pour over the pasta and mix well to bind the ingredients. Stir in the dill, 4 teaspoons salt, and 1 teaspoon pepper. Cover with plastic wrap and chill for up to 6 hours to allow the flavors to develop. Check the seasonings and serve chilled or at room temperature.

Read It.

Ready Player One Book Excerpt

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