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I love quotes that add meaning to my life. Here are a few to live by:
Americans who have been to France and come home craving a reminder of their magical European experience, love Vermont cheeses.
â€”Allison Hooper, founder, VT Butter & Cheese Creamery
Practice not cleaning your plate: it will help you eat less in short term and develop self-control in the long term.
Sweet taste buds develop before all others, thatâ€™s why small children love sweets.
Donâ€™t eat breakfast cereals that change the color of milk.
My rule of thumb is, when in doubt, cook more than you think you may need.
â€”Marian Cunningham, from Learning to Cook
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 Jonesâ€™s, 80th birthday, yet here it is, another important occasion, the 90th anniversary of her birth on March 10th. Â Definitely a moment for another celebration, but where did the time go?
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 Childâ€™s â€śMastering The Art of French Cookingâ€ť, which in 1961 launched an explosion of interest in good food and put my stepmotherâ€™s then early career on itâ€™s course.
Delicious and Varied Cuisines
Over the years, Judithâ€™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 countryâ€™s cuisine and gave them precedence over the â€śwhite breadâ€ť recipe-oriented competition.
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 bookâ€™s copyright was held by the Fanny Farmer Candy Co.Â
Judithâ€™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 fatherâ€™s response to the question, â€śWhat is your favorite New York restaurant?â€ť was always answered, Â â€śHomeâ€ť underscores what an enthusiastic, and, yes, talented cooking family we were.
She Wrote Two Hugely Successful Books
After 2004, Judithâ€™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 fatherâ€™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.Â An assortment of ages will be present from a ninety-six year old step-aunt to Judithâ€™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.
Please join me and the many who love home cooking and American food in wishing Judith Jones A Happy 90th Birthday!Â 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 Americaâ€™s food entrepreneurs, like Mateo and Andy Kehler of the Cellars at Jasper HillÂ or Jack Lazor of Butterworks Farm, to name only three Vermont examples of food exceptionalism. You will also read the stories of my familyâ€™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 FoodbankÂ 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, youâ€™ll automatically receive a link to a follow-up post with photos and highlights from Judithâ€™s celebration.
Please leave your personal congratulations for Judith in the comment section below. I will be sure to share them with her. Â
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