Corby Kummer of The Atlantic Food is one of today’s most passionate and interesting interviewers in the world of food. In this video, he has brought together Jacques Pépin, Judith Jones (who studied under Julia Child) and Alex Prud’homme (Julia’s great-nephew who finished her autobiography after she died) to discuss their impression of the film Julie and Julia.
For those of us who grew up on Julia, this interview provides an enlightening picture not only of who she was as a person, but of the importance of her mission. Like I, Julia Child believed that French cuisine was the only Western cuisine that was codified, and that if you learned all the basic techniques, you were set for life. You didn’t need a cookbook anymore, because you could then create whatever dish you wanted, using the techniques as building blocks for your own recipes.