If you took a self-guided walking tour of all the restaurant chefs represented at our Kitchen, Arts & Letters food talks this season, this is a snapshot of all the territory you’d cover. (In other words, we hope you have good walking shoes!)
Over time the place has become more than simply a store. Russ & Daughters is, for many, a secular synagogue, a temple to the enduring power of food and memory. “I smell Judaism,” a customer once told Niki: brine and yeast and smoke.
But gentiles are welcome, too. As Lenny Bruce said, “If you’re from New York and you’re Catholic, you’re still Jewish.” (He added, “If you’re from Butte, Mont., and you’re Jewish, you’re still goyish.”)
Classic clip of Julia Child with David Letterman in 1987: Blowtorch and Beef Tartare au Gratin!
In this centennial year of Julia Child’s birth, Judith Jones (vice president and senior editor at Alfred A. Knopf and editor of Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking), Laura Shapiro (culinary historian and author of the prize-winning Julia Child biography), Alex Prud’homme (great-nephew of Julia Child and co-author of the best-selling Julia Child memoir, My Life in France) and Dana Polan (Professor of Cinema Studies at NYU, author of Julia Child’s The French Chef) come together to celebrate America’s first lady of French food at 92Y on Oct 28.