Jacques Pepin to Host Panel Discussion and Viewing of Julie & Julia at Boston University

Contact: Lauren Davalla, 617-358-1688 | davalla@bu.edu

(Boston) – Award-winning chef, television personality and author Jacques Pepin will host “Food and Memory: Biography, Autobiography, and Film”, a panel discussion, reception, and screening of Nora Ephron’s film Julie & Julia on March 25, 2010 at Boston University. The panel discussion and film screening will explore the genres of biography and autobiography and discuss the influence of Julia Child, co-founder of Boston University’s Culinary Arts Program. Panel discussion participants Jacques Pépin, Judith Jones, and Alex Prud’homme have each written highly successful culinary memoirs and will discuss food, cooking, memory, and the processes of biographical writing. The panel will be moderated by Corby Kummer, one of America’s leading food writers. The event is open to the public.

Title: “Food and Memory: Biography, Autobiography, and Film”
Date: Thursday, March 25, 2010
Time: 6:00 PM
Location: Metcalf Hall (2nd Floor of the George Sherman Union,
775 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston)
Admission: Open to the Public $25 per person
Contact: To register please call (617) 353-9852

Jacques Pépin was born in Bourg-en-Bresse near Lyon, where his first exposure to cooking was as a child in his parents’ restaurant, Le Pélican. Today, he is one of America’s best-known chefs, cookbook authors, and cooking teachers. Along with 26 published books—including his autobiography, The Apprentice—and numerous articles, Pépin has hosted ten acclaimed public television cooking series. Along with Julia Child, he founded the Certificate Program in the Culinary Arts and the Master of Liberal Arts in Gastronomy at Boston University, where he continues to teach each semester.

Judith Jones is senior editor and vice president at Alfred A. Knopf. In addition to literary authors, she has been particularly interested in developing a list of first-rate cookbook writers—including Julia Child (Judith published Julia’s first book and was her editor thereafter), Lidia Bastianich, James Beard, Marion Cunningham, Rosie Daley, Marcella Hazan, Madhur Jaffrey, Edna Lewis, Scott Peacock, Joan Nathan, Jacques Pépin, Claudia Roden, and Nina Simonds. She is the coauthor with Evan Jones (her late husband) of two books: The Book of Bread: Knead It, Punch It, Bake It! (for children) and The Book of New New England Cookery. She also collaborated with Angus Cameron on The L.L. Bean Game and Fish Cookbook. In 2006, she was awarded the James Beard Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award. She published her autobiographical memoir The Tenth Muse: My Life in Food in 2007, followed by The Pleasures of Cooking for One in 2009.

Alex prud’homme is a journalist and the author of several non-fiction books. His latest effort is My Life in France, a book he wrote with Julia Child, his great aunt, about her coming of age in postwar Paris and Marseille. He has also written The Cell Game, about the ImClone scandal, and Forewarned, with Michael Cherkasky, about terrorism. His most recent book is Clean, Clear, and Cold: The Fate of Fresh Water in the Twenty-First Century. Prud’homme’s journalism has appeared in many publications, including The New York Times, The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, Time, and People.

Corby Kummer is a journalist who writes primarily about food. He is a senior editor at Atlantic magazine where he writes a monthly food column, restaurant critic for Boston Magazine, and curator of Atlantic Food Channel, a blog devoted to food. He has been called “a dean among food writers in America” by the San Francisco Examiner. Julia Child once said of him, “I think he’s a very good food writer. He really does his homework. As a reporter and a writer he takes his work very seriously.” His books include The Joy of Coffee and The Pleasures of Slow Food.

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