Is Lyon the birthplace of French cooking?

Featuring Pamela Druckerman in conversation with Bill Buford, best-selling author of Dirt: Adventures in Lyon as a Chef in Training, Father, and Sleuth Looking for the Secret of French Cooking 

On Friday, May 29, 2020 at 11 a.m. Central (9 a.m. Pacific, 12 p.m. NYT, 6 p.m. Paris), Alliance Française of Tulsa members are invited to attend a free webinar from the comfort of their home computers. The session will be hosted by Pamela Druckerman via Zoom from Paris, as part of her popular Pandemonium U series of educational sessions on Zoom (this session is sponsored by the national Federation of Alliances Françaises, of which AF de Tulsa is a part).

Pamela (in the right photo) has lived in the City of Lights since 2004 and is the author of four books including Bringing Up Bébé: One American mother discovers the wisdom of French parenting, which has been translated into 30 languages. She’s been a contributing opinion writer at The New York Times since 2013 and a columnist for 1843/the Economist since last year. Pamela has held recent virtual conferences for our AFUSA and we are happy to visit again with her virtually!

In the 45-minute Zoom meeting, Pamela will discuss French cooking with Bill Buford (photo at left above), best-selling author of Dirt: Adventures in Lyon as a Chef in Training, Father, and Sleuth Looking for the Secret of French Cooking—published earlier this month. In 2008, Buford, a James Beard winner and former literary and fiction editor of the New Yorker, left his job and moved to Lyon with his family to learn how to be a French cook. He planned to stay six months. He was there for five years. He’ll tell us about the top kitchens where he worked, and what the so-called “gastronomic capital of the world” taught him about the Frenchness of French food.

Buford is also the author of Among the Thugs and Heat, and the founding editor of Granta magazine. He was educated at University of California, Berkeley, King’s College Cambridge, and l’Institut Paul Bocuse. Watch Bill here (a 5-minute video on the New Yorker site) making the “perfect French omelette”.

I Alliance members can register here at for the free session. The session will be in English with a smattering of French vocabulary.

À bientôt!


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