I first encountered Salade Niçoise in a most embarrassing way -- by reading about it in a cheap romance novel. The salad appeared in a typically evocative of a dime store read. A beautiful protagonist perched at a table under a striped umbrella on an immaculate beach in Cannes … [Read more...] about Recipe: Salade Niçoise
This recipe first appeared in The Sharper Your Knife, the Less You Cry. It's loosely based on a dish that I learned to make while studying at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris. During the heat of summer, I probably make this once a week and if I have to take something to a party, this is … [Read more...] about Recipe: Provencal tomato spread for Julia Child
In my first book, The Sharper Your Knife, the Less You Cry, this recipe was known as "Potage 'Minestrone' a la Ma Mere," since all the recipes had French names. This is neither French, nor strictly speaking, even minestrone. Instead, it served as a catch-all flexible soup recipe … [Read more...] about “Minestrone” Soup like My Mother’s
[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fa_VD7VISyI&w=560&h=315] Mike and I shot this video of Jacques Pepin talking about Julia in his kitchen last October. As I looked at this morning, I thought, "Wow, this is a long way from covering cops in Florida." In 1995, I was … [Read more...] about Happy 100th Birthday, Julia!
Sometimes, you just have those pinch-me-is-this-really-happening experiences. Such a moment happened on the first official day of the book tour just before I went to speak at one of my favorite bookstores, R.J. Julia Booksellers in Madison, Conn. As it happens, culinary … [Read more...] about Hanging out with Jacques