All Things French
A series of free Zoom meetings on French life, culture, history and language
with Pamela Druckerman, author, journalist and founder of PANDEMONIUM U
The meetings are sponsored by the Federation of Alliances Françaises USA
Friday 29 May - 12pm
Is Lyon the birth place of French cooking?
with Bill Buford, best-selling author of
Dirt: Adventures in Lyon as a Chef in Training, Father, and Sleuth Looking for the Secret of French Cooking
in conversation with Pamela Druckerman
Bill Buford is the best-selling author of Dirt: Adventures in Lyon as a Chef in Training, Father, and Sleuth Looking for the Secret of French Cooking
The session will be hosted by Pamela Druckerman via Zoom from Paris, as part of her popular Pandemonium U series of educational sessions on Zoom (this session is sponsored by the national Federation of Alliances Françaises, of which AF Raleigh is a part).
In the 45-minute Zoom meeting, Pamela will discuss French cooking with Bill Buford (photo at left above), best-selling author of Dirt: Adventures in Lyon as a Chef in Training, Father, and Sleuth Looking for the Secret of French Cooking—published earlier this month. In 2008, Buford, a James Beard winner and former literary and fiction editor of the New Yorker, left his job and moved to Lyon with his family to learn how to be a French cook. He planned to stay six months. He was there for five years. He'll tell us about the top kitchens where he worked, and what the so-called "gastronomic capital of the world” taught him about the Frenchness of French food.
Buford is also the author of Among the Thugs and Heat, and the founding editor of Granta magazine. He was educated at University of California, Berkeley, King’s College Cambridge, and l’Institut Paul Bocuse. Watch Bill here (a 5-minute video on the New Yorker site) making the “perfect French omelette”.
Alliance members can register here (AF – insert your registration link) for the free session. The session will be in English with a smattering of French vocabulary.
Pamela (in the right photo) has lived in the City of Lights since 2004 and is the author of four books including Bringing Up Bébé: One American mother discovers the wisdom of French parenting, which has been translated into 30 languages. She’s been a contributing opinion writer at The New York Times since 2013 and a columnist for 1843/the Economist since last year.
This event is free for AF members, and is suitable for all ages. Please register using the sign up form to the right.
You will receive the Zoom link on Thursday evening prior to the Friday event.