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Is Lyon the Birthplace of French Cooking?

May 29 | 11:00 am - 11:50 am

Pamela Druckerman interviews chef and author Bill Buford

AFJ members are invited to this free online session hosted by Pamela Druckerman via Zoom from Paris, as part of her popular Pandemonium U series of educational sessions on Zoom. The session is sponsored by the Federation of Alliances Françaises.

In the 45-minute Zoom meeting, Pamela will discuss 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, 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.

Pamela Druckerman 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. She’s been a contributing opinion writer at The New York Times since 2013 and a columnist for 1843/the Economist since last year.

Please register for this session at the link below. You will be sent a link to the Zoom session on Friday morning.


May 29
11:00 am - 11:50 am
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