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HUNGRY: The Literary Julia Child

Series produced by Leet and Litwin

Caption: Julia and Paul Child Valentine, Credit: Schlesinger Library www.radcliffe.edu/schlesinger_library.aspx
Image by: Schlesinger Library www.radcliffe.edu/schlesinger_library.aspx 
Julia and Paul Child Valentine 

A set of special programs on food in fiction -- started in 1997 but never aired till now. Julia introduces classics "about eating, some cooking, and most of all about people." Stories are performed by actors or the authors themselves, and sometimes chefs step in with recipes.

These programs have been made possible in part by the Julia Child Foundation for Gastronomy and the Culinary Arts.

HUNGRY VALENTINE is an hour of love stories that center on the kitchen. Actress Nina Gold performs romantic passages from Laura Esquivel's "Like Water for Chocolate"; chef Judy Rodgers takes us into the kitchen of San Francisco's Zuni Cafe for a romantic recipe; and the Irish writer, Edna O'Brien, has a story about fixing lunch for an important guest -- one of her famous stories of "doomed" love.

HUNGRY FOR THE HOLIDAYS is an hour with the actor, Peter Donat, dramatizing the Cratchit family's Christmas feast; chef Mary Risley showing how to make the figgy pudding; and M.F.K. Fisher performing a story she wrote in 1937, about an over-the-top meal in France.

Future programs will be built around a tale within the tale of Willa Cather's "Death Comes to the Archbishop" -- and Steinbeck's "Cannery Row"; Charlotte Bronte's "Jane Eyre"; and Anne Tyler's "Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant."

Half hours available include "LUNCH WITH M.F.K. Fisher" -- with her story "I Was Really Very Hungry"; "LUNCH WITH EDNA O'BRIEN," reading her story, "Violets"; and "CHICKEN A LA STEINBECK": In "Cannery Row" the hobos poach a chicken in a 5-gallon coffee can over a low-burning campfire. What they don't know, but Julia does, is that their technique is the same as Poule au Pot, the favorite dish of King Henri IV of Navarre. Hide full description

These programs have been made possible in part by the Julia Child Foundation for Gastronomy and the Culinary Arts.HUNGRY VALENTINE is an hour of love stories that center on the kitchen. Actress Nina Gold performs romantic passages from Laura Esquivel's "Like Water for Chocolate"; chef Judy Rodgers takes us into the kitchen of San Francisco's Zuni Cafe for a romantic recipe; and the Irish writer, Edna O'Brien, has a story about fixing lunch for an important guest -- one of her famous stories of "doomed" love.HUNGRY FOR THE HOLIDAYS is an hour with the actor, Peter Donat, dramatizing the Cratchit family's Christmas feast; chef Mary Risley showing how to make the figgy pudding; and M.F.K. Fisher performing a story she wrote in 1937, about an over-the-top meal in France.Future programs will... Show full description


8 Pieces

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Anne Tyler has a new book out! "The Beginner's Goodbye." Here Julia Child presents passages from an earlier Anne Tyler favorite, "Dinner at the Hom...

  • Added: Apr 13, 2012
  • Length: 24:58
Caption: Julia Child
Julia Child wanted to be a novelist, or to write for The New Yorker. "They weren't interested in me, for some reason." So she just kept reading. An...

  • Added: Dec 06, 2011
  • Length: 49:35
Caption: Julia and Paul's Valentine, Credit: Julia Child Foundation for Gastronomy and the Culinary Arts
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 t...

Bought by KPVL, KWMR, Prairie Public, KMXT, KMUZ and more


  • Added: Jan 26, 2011
  • Length: 54:51
  • Purchases: 14
Caption: Julia Child, Credit: Christopher Hirscheimer
Julia Child takes us back in time, presenting 2 stories -- "A Christmas Carol," read by the actor Peter Donat; and "I Was Really Very Hungry," writ...

Bought by KRPS, WLPR, KBGA 89.9 FM, WTJU, WAMU and more


  • Added: Dec 01, 2010
  • Length: 54:49
  • Purchases: 21
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Julia says, "'A Christmas Carol' is a lovely story to read during the holidays, because it has a happy ending." The actor Peter Donat takes us to V...

Bought by WLPR, Georgia Public Broadcasting, KVNF, Spokane Public Radio, KZYX and more


  • Added: Sep 21, 2010
  • Length: 25:44
  • Purchases: 10
Caption: Julia Child, Credit: Christopher Hirscheimer
A gift from the Julia Child Foundation. We hear Julia introducing her late friend, M.F.K. Fisher, who takes us out for a staggeringly gluttonous me...

Bought by KSJD, KSFR, KZYX, and WTIP


  • Added: Sep 21, 2010
  • Length: 28:23
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: Edna O'Brien
Julia Child introduces the Irish writer, Edna O'Brien, who gives a magnificent performance of VIOLETS, a story about fixing lunch for an important ...

  • Added: Sep 21, 2010
  • Length: 26:52
Caption: John Steinbeck, Credit: FANPIX.net
A gift from the Julia Child Foundation. In "Cannery Row" the hobos poach a chicken over a campfire, in a 5-gallon coffee can. What they don't know,...

Bought by KZYX, KRCB, KZYX, and KUT


  • Added: Sep 17, 2010
  • Length: 26:55
  • Purchases: 4