Julia Child's The French Chef (Hardcover)

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ITEM#: 13426873

Dana Polan is Professor of Cinema Studies at New York University. He is the author ofThe Sopranos, also published by Duke University Press, and Scenes of Instruction: The Beginnings of the U.S. Study of Film.

Julia Child's TV show, The French Chef, was extraordinarily popular during its broadcast from 1963 until 1973. Child became a cultural icon in the 1960s, and, in the years since, she and her show have remained enduring influences on American cooking, American television, and American culture. In this concise book, Dana Polan considers what made Child's program such a success. It was not the first televised cooking show, but it did define and popularize the genre. Polan examines the development of the show, its day-to-day production, and its critical and fan reception. He argues that The French Chef changed the conventions of television's culinary culture by rendering personality indispensable. Child was energetic and enthusiastic, and her cooking lessons were never just about food preparation, although she was an effective and unpretentious instructor. They were also about social mobility, the discovery of foreign culture, and a personal enjoyment and fulfillment that promised to transcend domestic drudgery. Polan situates Julia Child and The French Chef in their historical and cultural moment, while never losing sight of Child's unique personality and captivating on-air presence.

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ISBN 9780822348597
Genre COOKING / Regional & Ethnic / French
Format Hardcover
Pages 295
Publisher Date 2011-08-12 00:00:00.0
Publisher Duke Univ Pr
Copyright Year 2011
Height 8.25 in
Wdth 6.0 in
Thickness 0.75 in
Unit weight 1.1 lb
Language English
Series Name Spin Offs
Audience College/higher education
Authors Polan, Dana
Country of Origin United States

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