One day in 1939, young André Soltner came home from grade school to find his mother in tears. She explained that the Jews in their small Alsatian town were being loaded into buses to be relocated to other parts of France. Hitler's Germany was annexing Alsace and wanted to expel all the Jews living there. Now a world-renowned chef, teacher and former owner of the acclaimed Lutèce restaurant in New York City, Soltner tells this and other compelling stories about growing up during the war as he shares with Joan how he makes a Jewish Choucroute - Jewish style because he uses no pork products - and another classic Alsatian masterpiece, Carpe a la Juive.

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