Food and Memory: Biography, Autobiography, and Film


Food can imbue experiences with richness and complexity - providing the ingredients to add flavor and spice to the memories that form a person's life stories. This panel discussion of film screening will explore the genres of biography and autobiography, featuring some of the food world's greatest living gastronomic luminaries. Jacques Pepin, Judith Jones, and Alex Prud'homme have each written highly successful culinary memoirs - and now they come together at Boston University to discuss food, cooking and memory, and the process of biographical writing. The panel will be moderated by Corby Kummer, one of America's leading food writers.

The year 2009 saw the resurgence of interest in the late, great Julia Child, due to the releaseof Nora Ephron's film Julie and Julia. The film, in part, retells the story of Child's time in France - before her fame in America - and deals with issues of remembrance, historical fiction, and biography. With Julia Child back at the forefront of another generation, we are proud to remember her at this very special event.

The food and memory panel discussion wll be followed by a reception, and then a screening of Julie and Julia.


  • General Public: $25.00


  • Jacques Pépin (Presenter)
    One of America's best-known chefs, food columnists, cookbook authors, and cooking teachers.
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  • Alex Prud’homme (Presenter)
    co-author with Julia Child of the acclaimed My Life in France
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  • Judith Jones (Presenter)
    Judith Jones is Senior Editor at Knopf
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Meets at Boston University: George Sherman Union (GSU) at 6:00 pm on Thursday, March 25, 2010 (1 meeting)

  • Thursday, March 25, 2010