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Willan’s Recipes

25903Anne Willan has quietly made a significant international contribution as both a teacher and a cookbook author specializing in French cuisine for over 35 years. With the support of Julia Child, Willan opened the La Varenne Cooking School in Paris in 1975. In the mid-1970s, as Willan writes in her memoir, “French cuisine was becoming a portal by which Americans were rediscovering the culinary arts after a long dormant period that began in the 1930s with the taming of vegetables in cans, followed by the 1950s and frozen foods. Julia had opened the front and led the battle, and now La Varenne was the place people could have the Julia Child experience, a working laboratory of classical French cuisine.”

As recent guests of the UC San Diego Library, Willan and co-author Amy Friedman offered morsels from Willan’s autobiography, “One Souffle at a Time: A Memoir of Food and France.” Together, they share stories, pictures and secret ingredients to a life well-lived.

With the cooking season upon us, how about trying one Willan’s delicious recipes that you can find here: La Varenne CookingOr check out our favorites below: Happy Holidays everyone!

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Roast Leg of Lamb with White Beans

Roast leg of lamb is the French cook’s pride, paraded for guests, or a birthday, or for family Sunday lunch. To make the most of this expensive cut, a gigot is invariably cooked on the bone, with a clove of garlic tucked into the shank so it permeates the whole roast. The meat may be spiked with more garlic and herbs, and is basted with butter to ensure a golden finish and tasty gravy.

Serves 6 to 8

One 4- to 5-pound/about 2-kilogram leg of lamb

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Winter Salad of Country Ham

Endive and lamb’s lettuce are among the treats of winter, a glimpse of green among the seasonal roots on the vegetable stand. Teamed with beets for color and hazelnuts for crunch, they are a classic French combination, delicious with thinly sliced Virginia or Smithfield ham, or some imported prosciutto.

Serves 4 for supper

70g/2½oz/½ cup hazelnuts

450g/1lb cooked baby beets

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Volcanic Apples 

These apples are hollowed to the shape of a volcano so they take more stuffing, hence their name in our family. For the filling, I’m calling for muesli as it is so easy to find, but you’ll save a bit of time if you use granola, which is already toasted.  Simply mix it with the other ingredients. You’ll need a tart variety of apple that will be fluffy and juicy when baked; traditional favorites are Rome Beauty or McIntosh (Cox’s or Reine de Reinettes in theUK), though you can always fall back on the ubiquitous Granny Smith.

Serves 4

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The Atlantic Meets the Pacific 2013

tamtpThe Atlantic and UC San Diego has once again teamed up to host The Atlantic Meets the Pacific, a must-attend event for top thought leaders in technology, the sciences, and health. Striking at the heart of health technology and innovation, this year’s event united scientists, engineers, business leaders, culinary experts, physicians, writers, and policymakers to discuss topics ranging from wireless health technologies and leaps in longevity research to the history of cancer and new approaches to food policy. Gathering in San Diego, one of the world’s nerve centers for breakthroughs in nanotechnology, cancer research, and medical device engineering, the program showcases progress being made on the frontier of health research and IT and critically examines the best policies and practices for bringing these innovations to life.

Cancer Bestseller to Big ScreenCancer was a big topic at The Atlantic Meets the Pacific this year. In “How Far Away is a Cure for Cancer?” Clifton Leaf, the author of “The Truth in Small Doses: Why We’re Losing the War on Cancer and How to Win It,” talks with The Atlantic’s Steve Clemons about the future of cancer research. Siddhartha Mukherjee, author of “The Emperor of All Maladies” discusses with Clemons about what it’s like to take his best-selling book on the history of cancer to television in this live Skype interview.

In an innovative technology panel, “Domestic Drones: The Next Decade of American Airspace” Chris Anderson, the former Editor-in-Chief of Wired and now CEO of 3-D Robotics,
Living Longertalks with The Atlantic’s James Fallows about the role of drones for civilian uses. In the healthcare arena, taking responsibility for one’s body is the common theme among three visionaries in personal health in “Living Longer, Living Smarter: Innovations in Longevity Research.” Larry Smarr of Calit2 joins Deborah Szekely, the co-founder of the highly acclaimed Rancho La Puerta wellness center and Kunal Sarkar, the CEO of the brain-trainer Lumosity for an invigorating conversation with The Atlantic’s Megan Garber and Corby Kummer.

If you enjoyed these panels, browse the full list of programs in The Atlantic Meets the Pacific 2013 series.

Join the conversation: @ATLANTIC_Live, @UCtelevision, #TAMTP
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In Search of Islamic Justice

The most recent episode of Legally Speaking welcomes human rights lawyer Sadakat Kadri to discuss his 2012 book, Heaven on Earth: A Journey Through Shari’a Law from the Deserts of Ancient Arabia to the Streets of the Modern Muslim World.

Kadri began research for Heaven on Earth in 2008 in an effort to trace the evolution of Shari’a Law. He says the first half of his book is a history of the origins of Shari’a Law, while the second half takes you on Kadri’s journey through Syria, Pakistan, Egypt, and other countries in search of the modern interpretations of Shari’a Law, which he discovered has changed radically in the last forty years.

Click the image to watch “In Search of Islamic Justice-Legally Speaking” to learn more about Kadri’s distinctions between religious law and criminal law within the Shari’a.

See what other programs are available in the Legally Speaking series!

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Script to Screen- Hard Candy

Hear about the process in which a movie script makes it to the big screen as this latest episode of Script to Screen analyzes Hard Candy.

Screenwriter Brian Nelson and producer Richard Hutton of Vulcan Productions visit UC Santa Barbara to examine their popular production from it’s very roots, discussing inspirations for the plot and how they utilized the space of just one house for almost the entire film.

Nelson talks about how Hard Candy has distinguished his career, saying that he is now frequently approached to work on movies about psycho killers, brilliant teenage girls, and containment, not unlike one of his other films, 30 days of Night.

Watch “Script to Screen – Hard Candy” to learn more about the unique details of the movie’s production.

See what other films have been dissected in the Script to Screen series!

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Script to Screen-Sleepless in Seattle

Script to Screen celebrates the 20th anniversary of “Sleepless in Seattle” with Jeff Arch, the screenwriter behind this classic romantic comedy.

Arch analyzes the elements of writing a love story and the process of getting such an unconventional plot onto the screen. Learn how the characters came to life and found their way into the hearts of moviegoers everywhere.

Watch “Script to Screen – Sleepless in Seattle.

Check out other episodes of UC Santa Barbara’s Script to Screen Series.

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