Julia Child taught me everything I know about cooking. During college, in the early 1970s, while my friends cut classes to watch afternoon soaps, I inhaled every episode of The French Chef. I bought her cookbooks when I could find them at the used bookstore in town. I couldn't get enough of Julia, cooking teacher extraordinaire, who dropped, spilled, flung and goofed, but also infused new-to-us recipes and techniques with her special joie de vivre.
Remember when Reggie Jackson was Mr.October? The guy the Yankees turned to in every World Series, and who had an impact even on their opponents - one of whom is "Sarah and the Goon Squad.". To many kids kids growing up in Manhattan, Reggie Jackson hung the moon. Unfortunately, he also frequently got drunk and into fights on homeward-bound post-game flights. What, you wonder, does that have to do with Ronald Reagan?...more