January 5, 2015
Chef Julia Michael Klein's coverage of the Fountain restaurant's closing noted Julia Child's visit during the 1990 Book and the Cook tour, and that she had a warm, gracious greeting and handshake for all ("Esteemed Fountain's last call," Dec. 25). My late husband and I had the opportunity to attend the April 1990 luncheon with Child at the Fountain. We spoke, she was indeed warm and gracious, and it was a pleasure to meet her after watching her show on television. |Marilyn D. Harris, Warminster Let the sun shine in With talk of ramping up the city as a fossil-fuel energy hub, residents now have a critical opportunity to choose the type of energy future they want for Philadelphia.
June 13, 2013 |
Bonjour, mes petits lecteurs! Let's make a pact up front: If I resist the urge to make a preening bon mot about Proust in this prologue, you have to promise not to gripe about how this recipe, without exception, requires the purchase of a special pan. (A mini-muffin tin might produce something, but they will not be madeleines.) Deal? Magnifique! With that out of the way, we can move on to just why delicate, fragrant, consummately charming madeleines should become part of your baking repertoire.
June 7, 2013
Here are a few of the roses Bill Kozemchak recommended during a walkabout of his garden: Prolific bloomers: Julia Child (floribunda) and Fourth of July (climber). White roses: Sally Holmes (climber); Pillow Fight (shrub), which Kozemchak thinks grows better than Iceberg, a white standard; and floribundas Fabulous and Moondance. Black spot resistant: Cherry Parfait (grandiflora); Heart 'N' Soul (shrub); Pretty Lady (floribunda). Fragrant: Hybrid teas Double Delight, Pope John Paul, Neptune, Secret; Ambridge (shrub)
August 16, 2012 |
It was a party they didn't want to miss, and a deadline they had to make: Aug. 15, on what would have been Julia Child's 100th birthday. The very Smithsonian curators who had negotiated with the 89-year-old icon in her Cambridge, Mass., kitchen in 2001, catalogued the room's contents, packed them up, and created one of the National Museum of American History's most beloved exhibits, only to disassemble it a decade later for the sake of infrastructure improvement,...
August 7, 2009 |
Meryl Streep is saucy as Julia Child in Julie & Julia , an irresistible account of the American who taught her countrywomen to cook a la Française . And, who 40 years later, inspired the foundering Julie Powell (Amy Adams, at her most winsome) to find her moorings by cooking all 524 recipes in Mastering the Art of French Cooking - and blogging about it. Like Nora Ephron's captivating film, Streep's performance is haute cuisine disguised as comfort food, a complex preparation yielding effects both broadly entertaining and subtly moving.
August 6, 2009 |
The bad marriage is such a staple of the modern movie that it has become a bit of a bore. Watching Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio go at it in "Revolutionary Road" made me wish, for the first time, that I was watching "Titanic" again. Maybe that's why there's something almost subversive about Nora Ephron's "Julie & Julia," a smiley-face version of the "The Hours" that substitutes Julia Child for Virginia Woolf, food for suicide, jokes for despair, and startles us with its refreshing portrait of a good marriage.
March 27, 2008 |
SHE WAS brining, roasting, kneading and sautéing when Emeril Lagasse was in diapers, and Rachael Ray wasn't even a gleam in her parents' eyes. At a time when cooking wasn't cool - and certainly not on television - Julia Child single-handedly pioneered a new gastronomic course for the world. But the familiar, larger-than-life persona of her celebrity years had humble beginnings as a shy, awkward, sometimes inept culinary student. Though she is known mostly for the television fame she gained late in life, her love affair with French cooking began as a lark, a thirtysomething's determination to learn a few dishes to please her new husband.
October 6, 2005 |
Julie Powell proved you can be completely original by following in someone else's footsteps. In August 2002, Powell was approaching 30 with fear and loathing: She'd learned she might never bear children; her dream of an acting career had deflated; and she was spending her days as a temp, commuting from Queens to a dead-end secretarial? gig. "A temp!" she rails even now, recalling how the limitations of the position pounded against her unexplored potential. She was not even a bona fide, if underappreciated, employee.
September 30, 2004 |
For most performers, preparing for the opening of a show means running through lines and fine-tuning songs. But for Jilline Ringle, getting ready for a run of her cabaret act Mondo Mangia requires a shopping trip to pick up 50 pounds of onions and a case of plum tomatoes. That's because Ringle not only sings food-themed songs and tells stories about her family's Italian matriarchs during her one-woman show. She also cooks a pasta dish onstage and feeds the entire audience. Ringle, who opened a monthlong run of Mondo Mangia last night at the Walnut Street Theatre, premiered her unusual culinary cabaret here four years ago with 1812 Productions.
August 15, 2004 |
Lari Robling is a regular commentator on WHYY-FM's A Chef's Table, heard Saturdays at noon In tribute to her passing Friday, I'm certain dinner tables across the country tonight will feature favorite dishes from well-worn copies of The French Chef Cookbook by Julia Child. This was the companion book to her public-television series that brought cooking out of kitchen drudgery and into our consciousness as entertainment - even if we didn't know a soupcon from a saucepan. Wolfgang Puck, Emeril, even Martha Stewart owes Julia Child for looking into that camera, butcher knife in hand, and carving out the world of celebrity chefs.