August 28, 2012

Getty Center's Celebrity Chef Series Continues with Anne Willan, Author of The Cookbook Library: Four Centuries of the Cooks, Writers, and Recipes that Made the Modern Cookbook

Book-signing and gourmet lunch celebrates timeless recipes and the history of cookbooks

At The Restaurant, Getty Center
Wednesday, September 12, 2012


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LOS ANGELES—The Getty’s Celebrity Chef Series continues Wednesday, September 12 at the Getty Center with Ann Willan, author of The Cookbook Library: Four Centuries of the Cooks, Writers, and Recipes that Made the Modern Cookbook.

Anne Willan has had a prolific career in the culinary arts and is recognized as one of the world’s preeminent authorities on French cooking. She founded Ecole de Cuisine La Varenne in Paris in 1975.

An experienced  teacher, author, culinary historian, and food columnist, Willan has authored more than 30 books, including the influential La Varenne Pratique and the 17-volume Look and Cook series, showcased in her 26-part PBS program. Much in demand as a teacher, Willan has given demonstrations all over the world and has often appeared on The Martha Stewart Show. Published in April 2012, The Cookbook Library is based on her extensive antiquarian cookbook collection.

In her research, Willan discovered that the first printed cookbook came from Austria.  After her talk, which will include insights about the food enjoyed by Gustav Klimt’s Viennese ancestors, guests will be invited to visit Gustav Klimt: The Magic of Line, the first retrospective dedicated to Klimt’s drawings, on view now at the Getty Center until September 23.

Willan signs books beginning at 10:30a.m. Afterward, participants will enjoy a formal, old-world French-inspired, three-course prix fixe lunch in the Private Dining Room at the Getty Center Restaurant.

The formal prix fixe lunch is $75 a person, or $90 with wine pairings.  To make reservations for the prix fixe lunch visit the Celebrity Chef Series page or call (310) 440-7300. The book-signing is free, as is admission to the Getty Center.  Parking is $15. The Cookbook Library and Willan’s previous book Country Cooking of France can be ordered online when you make reservations, and will be available for purchase in front of the restaurant on September 12.

The Getty will be scheduling more Celebrity Chef events at both the Getty Villa and the Getty Center, connecting food and wine with the collections and exhibitions at the Museum.

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Visiting the Getty Center
From June 1–September 21, 2012, the Getty Center is open Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. It is closed Monday and major holidays. Admission to the Getty Center is always free. Parking is $15 per car, but reduced to $10 after 5 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays and for evening events throughout the week. No reservation is required for parking or general admission. Reservations are required for event seating and groups of 15 or more. Please call (310) 440-7300 (English or Spanish) for reservations and information. The TTY line for callers who are deaf or hearing impaired is (310) 440-7305. The Getty Center is at 1200 Getty Center Drive, Los Angeles, California.

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