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This is the fourteenth issue of Voices From the Past. My goal for each issue is to publish some highlights of one of my historical stories as well as an update on my activities. Please feel free to forward this e-newsletter to anyone you think might be interested.
Julia's Appetite for Life
After watching the movie Julie and Julia, I decided I wanted to find out more about Julia Child. I discovered that I loved reading about her. The fascinating book
My Life in France was written by Julia, with the help of a younger relative, when she was in her 90s.
Appetite for Life by Noel Riley Fitch was also thoroughly enjoyable and thoroughly comprehensive, a biography written with Julia’s cooperation, but not subject to Julia’s approval.
Then I found many interesting anecdotes about Julia in the Summer 2005 issue of
Gastronomica: The Journal of Food and Culture. It is a farewell and final bon appétit written by those who knew her best.
One of those articles was written by Stephanie Hersch, Julia’s personal assistant for the last 16 years of Julia’s life. In her article “A Full Measure of Humor,” Stephanie wrote:
When I first began working with Julia, I asked her what she thought of the Saturday Night live piece. “It’s very funny, don’t you think?” was her response. I then confessed that I had not actually seen it but had heard that it was quite humorous.
The French Chef by y10566
Well, Julia then stood up and did Dan Akroyd doing Julia Child. She finished by sprawling herself across her desk and exclaiming, “And then I died!” I must say that as wonderful as Dan’s piece was Julia doing him doing her was far more amusing.
I have now created three stories about Julia: one about Julia and how she has now influenced my cooking, one about her marriage, and one about her many friends. It’s hard to capture her appetite for life in just one story.
some more information about Julia Child.
News about me
I have two upcoming performances that I am looking forward to and preparing for – 10 stories altogether.
- Sun. January 23, 2:00 p.m. Savor with Kate Dudding and Jeannine Laverty. Savoring food, friendship, the challenges of life -- stories have been showing us how to do this for centuries. Come listen with relish! I'll be telling one of my Julia Child stories.
A SPECIAL WAY TO ENHANCE YOUR SAVORING: As you enter The Fenimore Gallery at Proctors on January 23, you can purchase an optional dessert buffet ticket for $10 – this includes an assortment of desserts, including at least one from a Julia Child recipe, as well as coffee or tea that you can enjoy before and during the performance. Proceeds will go to support Story Circle productions.
*** JULIA’S KITCHEN WISDOM *** This book, based on Julia’s personal kitchen notebook, will be for sale at this performance. Thanks to
The Open Door Bookstore and Gift Gallery, book sales will benefit Story Circle productions. Also anyone bringing their Word Plays ticket stub to The Open Door after the event (Monday, January 24 or later) will be offered a 25% discount on one item.
Word Plays at Proctors, 432 State Street, Schenectady, NY. $16.
Click here for a $4 discount coupon.
- Sun. February 13, 5:00 p.m. Love, Laughter and Life with Kate Dudding and Claire Nolan. Celebrate Valentine's Day early with stories of many kinds of love: romantic love, love of family, love of vocation, love of food and love of life.
Story Sunday at the Glen Sanders Mansion, 1 Glen Avenue, Scotia, NY.
$30 (includes entertainment, three course dinner, coffee/tea, tax and tip)
Thanks for reading this issue. I’ll be sending you some more story highlights in a few months.
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