Caption: Julia and Paul's Valentine, Credit: Julia Child Foundation for Gastronomy and the Culinary Arts
Image by: Julia Child Foundation for Gastronomy and the Culinary Arts 
Julia and Paul's Valentine 

Hungry Valentine, with Julia Child

From: Leet and Litwin
Series: HUNGRY: The Literary Julia Child
Length: 54:51

Happy Valentine's from Julia Child! This one-hour special was started years ago but never aired till now. She presents two love stories that have to do with cooking: excerpts from "Like Water for Chocolate," by Laura Esquivel, and "Violets," by the Irish writer, Edna O'Brien.

Julia_valentine_small "The way to everyone's heart is through the kitchen," says Julia. And so here are a couple of love stories that have to do with love -- and the kitchen. "Like Water for Chocolate" tells its love story through recipes -- recipes for ink, matches, sealing wax, and delicious things to eat.

Judy Rodgers, chef-owner of the Zuni Cafe in San Francisco, takes us into her restaurant kitchen for a romantic recipe.

Edna O'Brien has a story about fixing a meal for an important guest. It turns out to be a story of "doomed" love. Before performing the story, Edna O'Brien takes us to her mother's farmhouse kitchen in Ireland, with the Mrs. Beeton's cookery book always on the counter. Julia has quite a bit to say about Mrs. Beeton's classic book -- its advice about what the cook does, and the second butler -- and how the recipes relate to the dishes prepared in the story. The program has been made possible in part by a grant from the Julia Child Foundation for Gastronomy and the Culinary Arts.

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Piece Description

"The way to everyone's heart is through the kitchen," says Julia. And so here are a couple of love stories that have to do with love -- and the kitchen. "Like Water for Chocolate" tells its love story through recipes -- recipes for ink, matches, sealing wax, and delicious things to eat.

Judy Rodgers, chef-owner of the Zuni Cafe in San Francisco, takes us into her restaurant kitchen for a romantic recipe.

Edna O'Brien has a story about fixing a meal for an important guest. It turns out to be a story of "doomed" love. Before performing the story, Edna O'Brien takes us to her mother's farmhouse kitchen in Ireland, with the Mrs. Beeton's cookery book always on the counter. Julia has quite a bit to say about Mrs. Beeton's classic book -- its advice about what the cook does, and the second butler -- and how the recipes relate to the dishes prepared in the story. The program has been made possible in part by a grant from the Julia Child Foundation for Gastronomy and the Culinary Arts.

Broadcast History

Production started in 1996 - 97 but hasn't been completed till now -- made possible in part by a grant from the Julia Child Foundation for Gastronomy and the Culinary Arts.

Musical Works

Title Artist Album Label Year Length
French Chef Theme John Morris --. WGBH 1963 30:00
Sonata, Op.15 #2 Fernando Sor Rey de la Torre Plays Classical Guitar. Epic LC 3418 01:00
Mahler's Symphony #5, Adagietto Rafael Kubelik, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orch. Mahler Themes from Death in Venice. Deutsche Grammophon :00
Prokofiev, Romeo & Juliet: Balcony Scene Michael Tilson Thomas, San Francisco Symphony Romeo &Juliet: Scenes from the Ballet. RCA Victor :00
Frederic Chopin: Concerto #1 (1st mvt.) E Emil Gilels, Eugene Ormandy, Philadelphia Orchestra Sony :00