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I love quotes that add meaning to my life. Here are a few to live by:

We can dramatically increase global food availability and environmental sustainability by using more of our crops to feed people directly and less to fatten livestock.
—Jonathan A. Foley, director of the Institute on the Environment, U of MN

Don’t eat anything your great-grandmother wouldn’t recognize as food.
—Michael Pollan

Cooking is at once child’s play and adult joy. And cooking done with care is an act of love.
—Craig Claiborne

People who eat according to the rules of a traditional food culture are generally healthier than those of us eating a modern Western diet of processed food.
—Michael Pollan

A Very Important Birthday: Judith Jones Celebrates Her 90th Birthday!

How can time go by so quickly? The last I looked, my family was celebrating my stepmother, Judith Jones’s, 80th birthday, yet here it is, another important occasion, the 90th anniversary of her birth on March 10th.  Definitely a moment for another celebration, but where did the time go?

Judith and Julia black and white

An Editor at Alfred A. Knopf

A decade ago, Judith was working, as she had for fifty-odd years, as an editor at Alfred A. Knopf that fine publishing company responsible for some of the best of American literature, as well as an extraordinary line of cookbooks starting with Julia Child’s “Mastering The Art of French Cooking”, which in 1961 launched an explosion of interest in good food and put my stepmother’s then early career on it’s course.

Judiths cookbooks horiz

Delicious and Varied Cuisines

Over the years, Judith’s name became synonymous with delicious and varied cuisines discovered between the covers of a myriad of cookbooks she edited beginning with Julia Child, to most recently, the cookbook writer and restaurateur, Lydia Bastianich. With a remarkable assortment of authors including James Beard, Elizabeth David, Irene Kuo, Madhur Jaffrey, Alice Waters, Ed Giobbi, Marion Cunningham, Claudia Roden, Joan Nathan, Nina Simonds, and Edna Lewis, Judith carved out a new niche in the American cookbook field, one that defined the ethnic sources of our country’s cuisine and gave them precedence over the “white bread” recipe-oriented competition.

Evan and Judith Jones with harvest basket at Bryn Teg

For cookbooks in the United States, had been, until Judith and Julia came along, a pretty pedestrian lot. There were exceptions, of course. James Beard, a true talent and passionate cook, was almost a household word in the mid-1950s. Craig Claiborne, another true believer in the importance of good home cooking, was introducing the American housewife to a variety of different cuisines through his New York Times weekly food column. But, most women in the United States in that era relied on the commercial cookbooks published by large food companies. Betty Crocker was one and, of course there was the kitchen bible, Fanny Farmer, first published in 1896; by the 50s, the book’s copyright was held by the Fanny Farmer Candy Co. 

Judith’s contribution to, what has become, the New American Cuisine cannot be overstated. With the encouragement of my father, Evan Jones, who wrote about the roots of American food in dozens of articles in noted food magazines and in his cookbook, American Food, she created a new concept of what Americans were really eating. Her own interest in cooking was a point of pride in our family. The fact that my father’s response to the question, “What is your favorite New York restaurant?” was always answered,  “Home” underscores what an enthusiastic, and, yes, talented cooking family we were.

The Tenth Muse bookcover

She Wrote Two Hugely Successful Books

After 2004, Judith’s life changed in many ways. She wrote two hugely successful books, one a memoir, The Tenth Muse, the other a cookbook that honored my father’s death, The Pleasures of Cooking for One. She became a public figure, signing books and talking about her life and career to enthusiastic audiences across the country. And, only two years ago, she decided it was time to retire, which she did with the same modesty that had been the hallmark of her career, a graceful end to a professional life that deserves to be called illustrious.

Cooking Together Again

On March 10th, Judith and I will be cooking together, again, at a very private birthday party for our family.  An assortment of ages will be present from a ninety-six year old step-aunt to Judith’s fifteen-year old great-granddaughter. There will be fine champagne, radiant flowers, a splendid paella, a hand-picked selection of Vermont cheeses to go with the salad and at least two desserts, both homemade, one with nine candles on it to signify this very special occasion.

bouquet of flowersJoin Us In Celebration!

Please join me and the many who love home cooking and American food in wishing Judith Jones A Happy 90th Birthday! I would also like to encourage you to invite your friends to become subscribers to this blog (at no charge). Inthekitchenwithbronwyn.com is dedicated to good, home cooking and its many pleasures. In every post you have an insiders look at the remarkable world of Vermont food and farming, with stories and videos from some of the best and brightest of America’s food entrepreneurs, like Mateo and Andy Kehler of the Cellars at Jasper Hill or Jack Lazor of Butterworks Farm, to name only three Vermont examples of food exceptionalism. You will also read the stories of my family’s life in food and find insights in the food wisdom handed down to me from the remarkable people who were my mentors, my father, Evan, and my stepmother, Judith Jones.

With every new subscription, ITKWB will donate $2.00 to the Vermont Foodbank in Judith’s name, an organization that we both support, and one that reminds us that everyone deserves good food cooked with care and eaten in the company of family and friends.

So, come be a part of American Food History, celebrate Judith Jones on her 90th Birthday, and enjoy the stories and recipes from In the Kitchen with Bronwyn. By subscribing, you’ll automatically receive a link to a follow-up post with photos and highlights from Judith’s celebration.

Please leave your personal congratulations for Judith in the comment section below. I will be sure to share them with her.  

A Bientot,

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Posted: 3-7-2014

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How can time go by so quickly? The last I looked, my family was celebrating my stepmother, Judith Jones’s, 80th birthday, yet here it is, another important occasion, the 90th anniversary of her birth on March 10th.  Definitely a moment for another celebration, but where did the time go?

Judith and Julia black and white

An Editor at Alfred A. Knopf

A decade ago, Judith was working, as she had for fifty-odd years, as an editor at Alfred A. Knopf that fine publishing company responsible for some of the best of American literature, as well as an extraordinary line of cookbooks starting with Julia Child’s “Mastering The Art of French Cooking”, which in 1961 launched an explosion of interest in good food and put my stepmother’s then early career on it’s course.

Judiths cookbooks horiz

Delicious and Varied Cuisines

Over the years, Judith’s name became synonymous with delicious and varied cuisines discovered between the covers of a myriad of cookbooks she edited beginning with Julia Child, to most recently, the cookbook writer and restaurateur, Lydia Bastianich. With a remarkable assortment of authors including James Beard, Elizabeth David, Irene Kuo, Madhur Jaffrey, Alice Waters, Ed Giobbi, Marion Cunningham, Claudia Roden, Joan Nathan, Nina Simonds, and Edna Lewis, Judith carved out a new niche in the American cookbook field, one that defined the ethnic sources of our country’s cuisine and gave them precedence over the “white bread” recipe-oriented competition.

Evan and Judith Jones with harvest basket at Bryn Teg

For cookbooks in the United States, had been, until Judith and Julia came along, a pretty pedestrian lot. There were exceptions, of course. James Beard, a true talent and passionate cook, was almost a household word in the mid-1950s. Craig Claiborne, another true believer in the importance of good home cooking, was introducing the American housewife to a variety of different cuisines through his New York Times weekly food column. But, most women in the United States in that era relied on the commercial cookbooks published by large food companies. Betty Crocker was one and, of course there was the kitchen bible, Fanny Farmer, first published in 1896; by the 50s, the book’s copyright was held by the Fanny Farmer Candy Co. 

Judith’s contribution to, what has become, the New American Cuisine cannot be overstated. With the encouragement of my father, Evan Jones, who wrote about the roots of American food in dozens of articles in noted food magazines and in his cookbook, American Food, she created a new concept of what Americans were really eating. Her own interest in cooking was a point of pride in our family. The fact that my father’s response to the question, “What is your favorite New York restaurant?” was always answered,  “Home” underscores what an enthusiastic, and, yes, talented cooking family we were.

The Tenth Muse bookcover

She Wrote Two Hugely Successful Books

After 2004, Judith’s life changed in many ways. She wrote two hugely successful books, one a memoir, The Tenth Muse, the other a cookbook that honored my father’s death, The Pleasures of Cooking for One. She became a public figure, signing books and talking about her life and career to enthusiastic audiences across the country. And, only two years ago, she decided it was time to retire, which she did with the same modesty that had been the hallmark of her career, a graceful end to a professional life that deserves to be called illustrious.

Cooking Together Again

On March 10th, Judith and I will be cooking together, again, at a very private birthday party for our family.  An assortment of ages will be present from a ninety-six year old step-aunt to Judith’s fifteen-year old great-granddaughter. There will be fine champagne, radiant flowers, a splendid paella, a hand-picked selection of Vermont cheeses to go with the salad and at least two desserts, both homemade, one with nine candles on it to signify this very special occasion.

bouquet of flowersJoin Us In Celebration!

Please join me and the many who love home cooking and American food in wishing Judith Jones A Happy 90th Birthday! I would also like to encourage you to invite your friends to become subscribers to this blog (at no charge). Inthekitchenwithbronwyn.com is dedicated to good, home cooking and its many pleasures. In every post you have an insiders look at the remarkable world of Vermont food and farming, with stories and videos from some of the best and brightest of America’s food entrepreneurs, like Mateo and Andy Kehler of the Cellars at Jasper Hill or Jack Lazor of Butterworks Farm, to name only three Vermont examples of food exceptionalism. You will also read the stories of my family’s life in food and find insights in the food wisdom handed down to me from the remarkable people who were my mentors, my father, Evan, and my stepmother, Judith Jones.

With every new subscription, ITKWB will donate $2.00 to the Vermont Foodbank in Judith's name, an organization that we both support, and one that reminds us that everyone deserves good food cooked with care and eaten in the company of family and friends.

So, come be a part of American Food History, celebrate Judith Jones on her 90th Birthday, and enjoy the stories and recipes from In the Kitchen with Bronwyn. By subscribing, you’ll automatically receive a link to a follow-up post with photos and highlights from Judith’s celebration.

Please leave your personal congratulations for Judith in the comment section below. I will be sure to share them with her.  

A Bientot,

bronwyn-signature

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Judith and Julia black and white

An Editor at Alfred A. Knopf

A decade ago, Judith was working, as she had for fifty-odd years, as an editor at Alfred A. Knopf that fine publishing company responsible for some of the best of American literature, as well as an extraordinary line of cookbooks starting with Julia Child’s “Mastering The Art of French Cooking”, which in 1961 launched an explosion of interest in good food and put my stepmother’s then early career on it’s course.

Judiths cookbooks horiz

Delicious and Varied Cuisines

Over the years, Judith’s name became synonymous with delicious and varied cuisines discovered between the covers of a myriad of cookbooks she edited beginning with Julia Child, to most recently, the cookbook writer and restaurateur, Lydia Bastianich. With a remarkable assortment of authors including James Beard, Elizabeth David, Irene Kuo, Madhur Jaffrey, Alice Waters, Ed Giobbi, Marion Cunningham, Claudia Roden, Joan Nathan, Nina Simonds, and Edna Lewis, Judith carved out a new niche in the American cookbook field, one that defined the ethnic sources of our country’s cuisine and gave them precedence over the “white bread” recipe-oriented competition.

Evan and Judith Jones with harvest basket at Bryn Teg

For cookbooks in the United States, had been, until Judith and Julia came along, a pretty pedestrian lot. There were exceptions, of course. James Beard, a true talent and passionate cook, was almost a household word in the mid-1950s. Craig Claiborne, another true believer in the importance of good home cooking, was introducing the American housewife to a variety of different cuisines through his New York Times weekly food column. But, most women in the United States in that era relied on the commercial cookbooks published by large food companies. Betty Crocker was one and, of course there was the kitchen bible, Fanny Farmer, first published in 1896; by the 50s, the book’s copyright was held by the Fanny Farmer Candy Co. 

Judith’s contribution to, what has become, the New American Cuisine cannot be overstated. With the encouragement of my father, Evan Jones, who wrote about the roots of American food in dozens of articles in noted food magazines and in his cookbook, American Food, she created a new concept of what Americans were really eating. Her own interest in cooking was a point of pride in our family. The fact that my father’s response to the question, “What is your favorite New York restaurant?” was always answered,  “Home” underscores what an enthusiastic, and, yes, talented cooking family we were.

The Tenth Muse bookcover

She Wrote Two Hugely Successful Books

After 2004, Judith’s life changed in many ways. She wrote two hugely successful books, one a memoir, The Tenth Muse, the other a cookbook that honored my father’s death, The Pleasures of Cooking for One. She became a public figure, signing books and talking about her life and career to enthusiastic audiences across the country. And, only two years ago, she decided it was time to retire, which she did with the same modesty that had been the hallmark of her career, a graceful end to a professional life that deserves to be called illustrious.

Cooking Together Again

On March 10th, Judith and I will be cooking together, again, at a very private birthday party for our family.  An assortment of ages will be present from a ninety-six year old step-aunt to Judith’s fifteen-year old great-granddaughter. There will be fine champagne, radiant flowers, a splendid paella, a hand-picked selection of Vermont cheeses to go with the salad and at least two desserts, both homemade, one with nine candles on it to signify this very special occasion.

bouquet of flowersJoin Us In Celebration!

Please join me and the many who love home cooking and American food in wishing Judith Jones A Happy 90th Birthday! I would also like to encourage you to invite your friends to become subscribers to this blog (at no charge). Inthekitchenwithbronwyn.com is dedicated to good, home cooking and its many pleasures. In every post you have an insiders look at the remarkable world of Vermont food and farming, with stories and videos from some of the best and brightest of America’s food entrepreneurs, like Mateo and Andy Kehler of the Cellars at Jasper Hill or Jack Lazor of Butterworks Farm, to name only three Vermont examples of food exceptionalism. You will also read the stories of my family’s life in food and find insights in the food wisdom handed down to me from the remarkable people who were my mentors, my father, Evan, and my stepmother, Judith Jones.

With every new subscription, ITKWB will donate $2.00 to the Vermont Foodbank in Judith's name, an organization that we both support, and one that reminds us that everyone deserves good food cooked with care and eaten in the company of family and friends.

So, come be a part of American Food History, celebrate Judith Jones on her 90th Birthday, and enjoy the stories and recipes from In the Kitchen with Bronwyn. By subscribing, you’ll automatically receive a link to a follow-up post with photos and highlights from Judith’s celebration.

Please leave your personal congratulations for Judith in the comment section below. I will be sure to share them with her.  

A Bientot,

bronwyn-signature

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How can time go by so quickly? The last I looked, my family was celebrating my stepmother, Judith Jones’s, 80th birthday, yet here it is, another important occasion, the 90th anniversary of her birth on March 10th.  Definitely a moment for another celebration, but where did the time go?

Judith and Julia black and white

An Editor at Alfred A. Knopf

A decade ago, Judith was working, as she had for fifty-odd years, as an editor at Alfred A. Knopf that fine publishing company responsible for some of the best of American literature, as well as an extraordinary line of cookbooks starting with Julia Child’s “Mastering The Art of French Cooking”, which in 1961 launched an explosion of interest in good food and put my stepmother’s then early career on it’s course.

Judiths cookbooks horiz

Delicious and Varied Cuisines

Over the years, Judith’s name became synonymous with delicious and varied cuisines discovered between the covers of a myriad of cookbooks she edited beginning with Julia Child, to most recently, the cookbook writer and restaurateur, Lydia Bastianich. With a remarkable assortment of authors including James Beard, Elizabeth David, Irene Kuo, Madhur Jaffrey, Alice Waters, Ed Giobbi, Marion Cunningham, Claudia Roden, Joan Nathan, Nina Simonds, and Edna Lewis, Judith carved out a new niche in the American cookbook field, one that defined the ethnic sources of our country’s cuisine and gave them precedence over the “white bread” recipe-oriented competition.

Evan and Judith Jones with harvest basket at Bryn Teg

For cookbooks in the United States, had been, until Judith and Julia came along, a pretty pedestrian lot. There were exceptions, of course. James Beard, a true talent and passionate cook, was almost a household word in the mid-1950s. Craig Claiborne, another true believer in the importance of good home cooking, was introducing the American housewife to a variety of different cuisines through his New York Times weekly food column. But, most women in the United States in that era relied on the commercial cookbooks published by large food companies. Betty Crocker was one and, of course there was the kitchen bible, Fanny Farmer, first published in 1896; by the 50s, the book’s copyright was held by the Fanny Farmer Candy Co. 

Judith’s contribution to, what has become, the New American Cuisine cannot be overstated. With the encouragement of my father, Evan Jones, who wrote about the roots of American food in dozens of articles in noted food magazines and in his cookbook, American Food, she created a new concept of what Americans were really eating. Her own interest in cooking was a point of pride in our family. The fact that my father’s response to the question, “What is your favorite New York restaurant?” was always answered,  “Home” underscores what an enthusiastic, and, yes, talented cooking family we were.

The Tenth Muse bookcover

She Wrote Two Hugely Successful Books

After 2004, Judith’s life changed in many ways. She wrote two hugely successful books, one a memoir, The Tenth Muse, the other a cookbook that honored my father’s death, The Pleasures of Cooking for One. She became a public figure, signing books and talking about her life and career to enthusiastic audiences across the country. And, only two years ago, she decided it was time to retire, which she did with the same modesty that had been the hallmark of her career, a graceful end to a professional life that deserves to be called illustrious.

Cooking Together Again

On March 10th, Judith and I will be cooking together, again, at a very private birthday party for our family.  An assortment of ages will be present from a ninety-six year old step-aunt to Judith’s fifteen-year old great-granddaughter. There will be fine champagne, radiant flowers, a splendid paella, a hand-picked selection of Vermont cheeses to go with the salad and at least two desserts, both homemade, one with nine candles on it to signify this very special occasion.

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Please join me and the many who love home cooking and American food in wishing Judith Jones A Happy 90th Birthday! I would also like to encourage you to invite your friends to become subscribers to this blog (at no charge). Inthekitchenwithbronwyn.com is dedicated to good, home cooking and its many pleasures. In every post you have an insiders look at the remarkable world of Vermont food and farming, with stories and videos from some of the best and brightest of America’s food entrepreneurs, like Mateo and Andy Kehler of the Cellars at Jasper Hill or Jack Lazor of Butterworks Farm, to name only three Vermont examples of food exceptionalism. You will also read the stories of my family’s life in food and find insights in the food wisdom handed down to me from the remarkable people who were my mentors, my father, Evan, and my stepmother, Judith Jones.

With every new subscription, ITKWB will donate $2.00 to the Vermont Foodbank in Judith's name, an organization that we both support, and one that reminds us that everyone deserves good food cooked with care and eaten in the company of family and friends.

So, come be a part of American Food History, celebrate Judith Jones on her 90th Birthday, and enjoy the stories and recipes from In the Kitchen with Bronwyn. By subscribing, you’ll automatically receive a link to a follow-up post with photos and highlights from Judith’s celebration.

Please leave your personal congratulations for Judith in the comment section below. I will be sure to share them with her.  

A Bientot,

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26 Responses to “A Very Important Birthday: Judith Jones Celebrates Her 90th Birthday!”

  1. Lisa Farrell says:

    Happy Birthday, Judith! Best wishes for a lovely time with your family as you reflect on your many accomplishments. Sincerely, Lisa

  2. Christine Friese says:

    So much of what younger generations consider normal cooking and eating started with your support of authors like Julia Child. As a child of the 60’s I was fortunate to know the traditions of grandparents while surrounded by the New processed foods and my mother introduced us to Coq au vin Carbonnade Ă  la Flamande and more as she learned from you and “Julia”. Happy birthday and thank you for your creativity, open spirit and dedication!

  3. Margo Davis says:

    Dear Judith,
    We all admire you from near and from afar, from your ‘delicious’ books :-) and all those that you inspired, edited and produced. I especially admire your life’s journey which I loved reading about in your memoir and continue to be lucky enough to observe and absorb. You are known far and wide;even yesterday I had a great conversation with my wine merchant about you! He wishes you a Happy Birthday.

    You are an amazing woman. Your 90’s will be a great continuation of all this radiance and accomplishment.
    Happiest of all Birthdays to a mentor and friend.

    Looking forward to seeing you tonight!!!

    xo
    Margo

  4. Jozsef Karolyi says:

    Dear Judith,
    We often think of you and wish you all the very best and mainly good health!
    We are all doing fine. The two girls now live and work in ZĂĽrich. Sandor continues studies for a Master and at the same time conducts concerts and operas.
    Catherine and I are thinking about a US trip in the fall to finally see what we have always wanted: Vermont in fall foliage.
    We will keep you up to date about plans nearer the planned date.
    Lots of love form all of us! Jozsi

  5. Henretta Splain says:

    Dear Ms Jones,
    I have admired you ever since I found out that it was you who rescued Anne Frank from obscurity. Not only that but you helped bring us Julia Child. What great memories I have of both and enjoyed your autobiography and ensuing cookbooks immensely. For years I have wanted to meet you – especially after I found out that your Vermont home is not far from me here in West Danville. As a trustee with the Pope Memorial Library in Danville I have often wondered how we could get you to visit us (purely for my own selfish reasons). But suffice to say I am very happy to have this opportunity to wish you a very, very Happy Birthday. What a remarkable life and remarkable woman. Sincerely Henretta Splain

  6. Give my very best to Judith on her Big Day! Enjoy your time with her this week!

    XOXO Christine Fraioli

  7. Monte Davis says:

    All love and best wishes, Judith! I think it was 50 years ago last fall that Chris brought me to your home from school, and from that day on (much as I loved my own home and parents) it was always a tough call to leave.

  8. Will Bailey says:

    Wonderful, and generous, article. Judith had a nice run, which she earned in part with doing her job well, some good fortune and good timing. She has a lot to be thankful for, and your birthday party for her is one of them. Well done Bronwyn
    Will

  9. Russell Rivenburg says:

    Happy birthday, Judith, and may you have many more.

  10. Pete Sharnik says:

    Judith,
    Happy Birthday! I have to add that you have broadened my life so much, and I’m not just talking food…. I am enriched by your presence in my life. Thank you and love you.

    Pete

  11. Margo True says:

    Dear Judith,

    Many, many happy returns to you! I have such fond memories of editing your Cercle du Cirque story for Saveur, and also your piece about editing Edna Lewis and Scott Peacock…and of course the beaver tale. It was a great honor, as you have always been the model I tried to emulate, and still do—in an ever more glib world, your extraordinary way of working with writers inspires me to not give up on thoughtful editing and thorough recipes.

    I hope you have the loveliest of birthdays.

    And thank you, Bronwyn, for giving us a way to express our respect and admiration for Judith.

    Best,
    Margo True

  12. Janet Biehl says:

    Happy Birthday, Judith! Thanks for showing us how, educating our tastes, and raising our standards when it comes to food and cooking.

    With love,
    Janet

  13. Mary & Regis Valentine says:

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY JUDITH!

    We wish you a joyful 90th birthday reminiscing, recalling your remarkable career—and cooking delicious dishes with dear Bronwyn and family.

    Wishing you blessings and happy years to come!

    Fondly,
    Mary and Regis

  14. naomi brahinsky says:

    Wishing you all the best.. HAPPY BIRTHDAY
    We admire your enthusiasm for life ..good food and friendship.
    Looking forward to seeing you soon
    Much love
    Naomi and David

  15. Carol McWilliams Gibson says:

    Dear Bronwyn,
    I just read your blog about Judith Jones’s 90th Birthday. My brothers, my sister and my two cousins, who are Julia Childs’ nieces and nephews, would like to send Judith a card. Could you send me Judith’s address or call me at 802-864-4290. I’d love to meet you, and I don’t think we’d run out of things to talk about – cooking, food and our relationship with two amazing ladies.
    All my best,
    Carol Gibson

  16. Fran Stoddard says:

    Happy Birthday, Judith!
    With deep gratitude for your significant contributions to the literary and culinary worlds.

  17. Pam Knights says:

    Happy Birthday Judith!!
    I have so much respect for you and all you have done to pave the way for good food in America. I know you are having a marvelous celebration with Bronwyn and family. May it be a very special day!

  18. Maria Brandriff says:

    A belated Happy Birthday, Judith! You share a birthday with a wonderful young woman, my daughter Ana, who has a passion for healthy cooking and yoga as a holistic health coach.
    I have long been familiar with your name since I have been a lifelong fan of Julia Child. Yours has been a life well lived!
    I look forward to reading your memoir.

  19. Nadia Roden says:

    HAPPY birthday Judith!!! I remember the first time I met you in my mothers kitchen in London with Evan (in the early 70’s) and since then you’ve played an important part of my life, just knowing you’re there inspires me and makes me very happy. Thank you for all your encouragement over the years and for your beaming spirit. I would love you have you and Bronwyn over one day, are you in the city at all soon? I’m off to London in June. Much love, Nadiaxxx

    • Bronwyn says:

      Nadia, so nice to hear your memory of Judith and Evan in Claudia’s kitchen in London. I can only imagine what a fine cooking spirit was conjured up there! Let’s find a time to get together in NYC. Email me and I will talk to Judith. xox, Bronwyn

  20. Constance Wilder says:

    Hello, Judith and Happy belated birthday,

    I attended the Key West Literary Seminar in 2011–the subject was Food as Muse. You signed your book The Tenth Muse:My life in Food. I had a moment to share with you that my husband had died nine years before. Many things were hard to accept, not the least of which was cooking for one AND sitting alone at the table. But I managed to do it and was further encouraged when I read your book The Pleasures of Cooking for One. I told you that I learned to light a candle, pour a glass of wine and appreciate good food. You said “it makes a difference”–and that is what you inscribed in my book.
    You are an inspiration in so many ways. I remember and still quote–I pray my memory is correct–that one of the stories you told on stage (at KWLS) about Julia was when you and she were coming up with the title of Mastering the Art of French Cooking–she said to you “I love the gerund.” I’ve read all the books–some recent about her–but that quote is my absolute favorite. I repeat,you are an inspiration. Thank you, Bronwyn, for giving me the opportunity to wish your mother much happiness.Connie

  21. Bern Terry says:

    Dear Bronwyn and Judith,
    I recently shared your wonderful potato salad video with a friend and was so pleased to be reminded of Judith’s milestone birthday. I agree with you that recipes can be seen as directional guides, not mandates to be followed to the letter. Bon anniversaire chère Judith with apologies for a bit more delay than 6 hour jet lag.
    Merci Judith for all you continue to do to promote tasty and healthy cooking. And thank you Bronwyn for your wonderful website and blogs. I have just invited a number of people to visit and like your facebook page.
    My mother Perrine is now living in Middlebury. Perhaps we can cook a meal together this summer. Hugs, Bern

    • Bronwyn says:

      So nice to hear your thoughts on Judith’s birthday, Bern. And, thank you for your compliment about the potato salad video. I’ll pass it on to Janet Biehl who produced, directed and shot it. Let’s find a time this summer to get together. How nice your mother is now “in the neighborhood”!

  22. David Bain says:

    Judith, belated greetings on your 90th from a long-ago Borzoi pup, who worked for Jane Garrett and Chuck Elliott and always enjoyed his conversations with you in the hallways of the 21st floor at 201 E. 50th. Aside from my 27 years at Middlebury College, and decades of book writing, my 3 year stint at AAK was the best, most redolent job of my life. I have the warmest memories of that time. All good thoughts,
    David Bain

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  24. Loryn says:

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