Throwback Thursday: Julia Child and James Beard

 

For this TBT, we're honoring one of the greatest culinary friendships of all time: the dynamic duo of Julia Child and James Beard. The video above, produced in 1994, features an exclusive interview with Child, as she speaks fondly about her friendship with “Jim,” his tremendous influence on the culinary world, and the creation of the James Beard Foundation. The pair met in 1961, around the time of the publication of Child's first cookbook, Mastering the Art of French Cooking. Her admiration for Beard was transparent: “People just adored him. He was so jolly, so nice, and so generous.” After working with many French chefs, Child saw him as a breath of fresh air, and viewed him as the focal point of American gastronomy: “He was so open, he had such a general love of food, and I think he encouraged everybody.” She believed it was Beard who truly made the culinary profession a respectable one.

 

After Beard's passing, it was Child who pushed they keep his house and start a foundation. She felt strongly that there... Read more >

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Video: How to Make James Beard's Blueberry Clafoutis

 

We've partnered with Simmer, a new app that allows you to generate step-by-step recipe videos that you can create, watch, and share from your very own kitchen. In the coming weeks and months, we'll continue sharing instructional videos that will teach you how to create tantalizing dishes from JBF Award winners, Beard House chefs, and even Beard himself, all prepared in James Beard's historic New York City kitchen.

 

Clafouti, a classic French dessert from the Limousin region, is traditionally made with sour cherries, but this version becomes all-American with the addition of blueberries. A... Read more >

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Recipe: James Beard's Steak au Poivre for Easy Summer Grilling

 

What can a cookbook first published in 1955 teach the modern chef? A lot.

 

If you’re a cookbook geek like me, it’s easy to get swept up in the latest trend, whether it’s finding the perfect recipe for raw vegan chocolate truffles or trying your hand at molecular gastronomy. But, really, it’s the simple, classic recipes like steak au poivre that never go out of style.

 

Enter James Beard’s The Complete Book of Outdoor Cookery,... Read more >

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Video: How to Make James Beard's Strawberry Shortcake

 

We've partnered with Simmer, a new app that allows you to generate step-by-step recipe videos that you can create, watch, and share from your very own kitchen. In the coming weeks and months, we'll continue sharing instructional videos that will teach you how to create tantalizing dishes from JBF Award winners, Beard House chefs, and even Beard himself, all prepared in James Beard's historic New York City kitchen.

 
 

Now that it's (finally!) strawberry season, we're faced with the fortunate conundrum of what to make with one of summer's sweetest gifts. We... Read more >

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Happy Hour: How to Make James Beard's Vermouth Cassis

 

We've partnered with Simmer, a new app that allows you to generate step-by-step recipe videos that you can create, watch, and share from your very own kitchen. In the coming weeks and months, we'll continue sharing instructional videos that will teach you how to create tantalizing dishes from JBF Award winners, Beard House chefs, and even Beard himself, all prepared in James Beard's historic New York City kitchen.

 

Leave your cocktail equipment at the... Read more >

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Gluten-Free Desserts That Are Actually Delicious

 

There's no shortage of gluten-free recipes out there, but as anyone who has dabbled in the flourless arts can attest, it can be hard to find a good one. Especially when it comes to desserts. Fortunately, each of the following dishes can stand up to even the most gluten-packed sweet treats. Round out the flour-free finale with port-poached pears, a bowl of berries and cream, or homemade gelato.

 

Ginger Cookies

Rolling the dough in Demerara or turbinado sugar before baking is what gives these spicy, chewy cookies their crisp edges. To make this dish wheat-free, follow the special instructions provided.

 

Lemon Rice Chiffon Cake

This recipe comes from Alice Medrich's Flavor Flours, winner of our 2015 Baking and Dessert Book award. It's made with white rice flour or Thai white rice flour, which is used... Read more >

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Throwback Thursday: James Beard Takes It Outside

Photo by Ron Callvert

 

Pull out your grills and dust off your wicker baskets: it's almost Memorial Day. Here at JBF, we're always looking for an excuse to escape the confines of the kitchen and cook delicious food outside. For this TBT, we're honoring James Beard's own appetite for al fresco fare. Whether gallivanting off to a picnic or hosting an outdoor soirée, Mr. Beard was always game for a thermos of Bloody Mary, delicately charred scallops, or barbecued steak. With the grilling season upon us, we're taking his expert advice to heart:


"The delicate turning of a pit over, or in front of, a fire is certainly a most delectable way to roast a prime joint or a tender bird. The resulting crispness of skin and juiciness of flesh is inviting to the eye, tantalizing to the nose, and an unbounded joy to the palate."—James Beard's Treasury of Outdoor Cooking (Gallery Press, 1960)

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Video: Dandelion Greens with Bacon Dressing

 

We've partnered with Simmer, a new app that allows you to generate step-by-step recipe videos that you can create, watch, and share from your very own kitchen. In the coming weeks and months, we'll continue sharing instructional videos that will teach you how to create tantalizing dishes from JBF Award winners, Beard House chefs, and even Beard himself, all prepared in James Beard's historic New York City kitchen.

 

According to James Beard, "among the first harbingers of spring are the tender shoots of dandelions, and they appear early enough to tempt one's longing for fresh greens." To celebrate the much... Read more >

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Happy Hour: The Stinger

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With its refreshing mint flavor from the white crème de menthe and the silky taste of Cognac, the Stinger was originally introduced as a nightcap and popularized in movies through the 1940s and 1950s. James Beard also featured the cocktail recipe in his revised edition of Hors d’Oeuvre and Canapés. We think it’s time to get retro and reintroduce this drink as part of your end-of-the-night routine—or even an after-work treat. Get the recipe here.

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Throwback Thursday: Clothes Make the Chef

 

Before his days as editor-in-chief at Bon Appétit, Adam Rapoport reported to the publications department at the James Beard Foundation. Back in our 1997 Winter issue of Beard House Magazine, he detailed James Beard's glamorous style. Beard topped off his large, patterned suits with his most beloved accessory: the bow tie. Whether Beard was hitting the town or cooking in his kitchen, his appearance was always a sight to feast your eyes on. This year, a fancy pop-out paper bow tie adorned the James Beard Awards invite to honor Beard's signature style. For this week's Throwback Thursday, we're sharing some of our favorite quotes from Rapoport's article on a man who's imaginative style made just as big of an impression as his culinary vision:

 

"He didn't dress like anyone, period. But he did have a certain style."

 

"'My first time with James was, as for so many others, really quite memorable,' writes restaurant consultant Clark Wolf in Barbara's Kafka... Read more >

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