Jacques Pépin: The Art of Craft

Biography of Jacques Pépin

Born on December 18, 1935, Jacques Pépin is one of the world’s most celebrated chefs. Through his long and distinguished career as a professional chef and instructor, and as host of 14 popular public television series and the author of dozens of cookbooks, Pépin has advanced the art and craft of culinary technique as much as any other figure of the past century.

James Beard: America’s First Foodie

Biography of James Beard

Early Life James Andrew Beard was born on May 5, 1903 in Portland, Oregon, to Elizabeth and John Beard. His mother, an independent English woman passionate about food, ran a boarding house. His father worked at Portland’s Customs House. The family spent summers at the beach at Gearhart, Oregon. There, they fished, gathered shellfish and […]

By Sidney Lumet


From tenement housing in the Lower East Side to McCarthy-era Hollywood, Sidney Lumet’s experiences informed his use of ambiguous characters and his non-judgmental gaze. Pursuing reality through cinematic stories is what Sidney Lumet spent his life doing.

Eero Saarinen: The Architect Who Saw the Future

Eero Saarinen’s Search for Architecture

Saarinen once remarked to his second wife Aline – a celebrated author and journalist – that she lived in “rabbit time,” while architects lived in “elephant time.” Although his own lifespan was hardly elephantine, Saarinen seem to have believed that at least his buildings should have an elephant’s mind: they should recall the past, engage the present, and speculate about what the future might bring.

Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You

Norman Lear on Legacy

Norman Lear discusses his work and legacy.

Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You

Phil Rosenthal Discusses Norman Lear’s Impact

Largely responsible for the explosion of bold American television in the 1970s, writer/producer Norman Lear’s name is synonymous with the sitcom. In this excerpt, writer and producer Phil Rosenthal shares how impactful Lear’s work was, especially through the narratives of “All In the Family.”