Below you can listen to the second of two programs featuring Julia Child on June LeBell’s “Kitchen Classics,” heard on WQXR in the early 1990s:
“Kitchen Classics,” a 30 minute musical cooking program hosted and produced by June LeBell, was heard on WQXR-AM Mondays through Fridays for more than a year and a half in the early 1990s. In the course of the series, June spoke with some 500 of the world’s greatest chefs, cookbook authors and restaurateurs who loved great music, and world famous musicians who loved great food. For about a half hour each day, they talked about their favorite recipes while June set them to music. It was a fun program with a large following and the music ranged from serious arias and chamber works performed by the guests (live or recorded), to terrible puns on food like a chopped chicken liver recipe which was backed by music by “Frederic Choppin,” played by Emanuel Ax, and a bagel recipe, which inspired a Beethoven “Bageltelle.” After the program left the air, June took 150 of the recipes she’d collected and put them into her cookbook, “Kitchen Classics from the Philharmonic,” with 50 illustrations by Al Hirschfeld, suggestions for music to accompany the recipes and stories about each of the musicians whose recipes were used. Doubleday published the hardcover book in honor of the 150th anniversary of the New York Philharmonic. Although it’s out of print, copies can still be found at www.amazon.com.