This month, American Masters features a "Chef's Flight" of documentaries on four influential culinary figures. Yesterday, James Beard: America's First Foodie premiered and was followed by a rebrodcast of Julia! America's Favorite Chef – both are available to stream. Friday, May 26 sees the premiere of Jacques Pépin: The Art of Craft at 9:00 pm, followed by a rebroadcast of Alice Waters and Her Delicious Revolution.
In 1978, Julia Child appeared on WTTW's Callaway Interviews to speak with John Callaway about where America was in gastronomic history in the late 1970s, her use of the microwave and freezer, food snobs, health crazes, and children in the kitchen. "My point is to make cooking easy for people so that they can enjoy it and do it, rather than making it a kind of art for the 'we happy few,'" she tells Callaway. She certainly did.