When you think there is no food in the house, you can prepare this satisfying and hearty salad by scrounging the fridge and pantry for a few simple ingredients. This is a facsimile of a French-style bistro salad complete with bacon and eggs.From the book "Mad Hungry," by Lucinda Scala Quinn (Artisan Books).
The Brown Derby restaurant, which opened its doors in 1929, was as famous a part of Hollywood's golden age as Mann's Chinese Theater or Schwab's drugstore. It was a meeting place and hangout for such stars as Cecil B. DeMille, the Barrymores, and Rudolph Valentino, as well as many Hollywood hopefuls. According to legend, the Brown Derby made a lasting contribution to American cuisine when its manager, Bob Cobb, fixed a late-night meal from leftovers he found in the kitchen, including chicken, bacon, avocado, tomatoes, and hard-boiled eggs. He placed them on a bed of lettuce, drizzled them with dressing, and single-handedly invented the Cobb salad. Like the Caesar salad, the basic Cobb has inspired countless variations, including this delicious version.