COLUMN WRITTEN BY PHILLIP SILVERSTONE
I can finally tell you about my first-ever one-man show that will take place at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 10 at Act II Playhouse in Ambler. I will begin by sharing some fun anecdotes and outrageous stories from my many years in the wine world. And then in the second act, I will switch gears and cover Act II of my life on the Act II stage (How clever is that?). I will have a special musical guest who will perform and then join me for a chat about their life and their career. A “live” version of the same format that I have on my globally enjoyed radio show.
I will offer more information about this show in coming weeks. But I’m mentioning it this week because when the show opens I will be showing a video interview I conducted many years ago — and which has never before been seen — with the wonderful Julia Child. Here is an extract from that very conversation:
Phillip. You’ve written nine books and so many different articles, and you’ve appeared on TV. Do you have a particular favorite series, book, article that you have written?
Julia Child. Of course I love all of my books. I love the television work. Problem with doing a book is that it is so very lonely work. And it is such fun on the television because you’re all like a big family. We have a lovely group of people. I’ve had two producers whom I love working with and we have a team and we’re all just like a big family.
P. Where on earth do you keep getting these new recipes? Or the inspiration for recipes? Do you borrow them from people in your travels or are they your own creation?
J. Actually I’m being so tied up with all the television and writing, that I haven’t been in the kitchen enough, so I’m looking forward to really doing a lot more cooking. There is no problem about getting dishes and ideas to do. But I don’t speak of recipes, I speak of a dish or a bread or something like that.
P. Who has been the greatest influence in your life?
J. Well, L’Escoffier of course. I had great admiration for him. And then all those chefs with whom I worked when I was in Paris were just wonderful people back in 1949 when I really began. That was still the age of the old classical French cooking and of the seriousness with which they took their work. It made no difference how long or how difficult it was. If it produced something marvelous to eat, it was worth it. They really produced food as an art form, and that’s what really inspired me. It was a profession worth pursuing.
P. When the time comes for you to go to that great kitchen in the sky, what contribution do you hope to have made to the culinary world?
J. That it is a wonderful profession and well worthwhile. We are always entertained and fascinated and there are wonderful people in the profession. Very generous, good people.
Julia Child died Aug. 12, 2004. Her kitchen is now an exhibit in the Smithsonian Institution in Washington.
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