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Charlotte Turgeon

Charlotte Turgeon was interviewed by Jack Hagstrom on October 20, 1998.  Excerpts from the interview are below. Copies of the interview on DVD are in the open stack video collection of the Frost Library for borrowing, and are available for viewing in Archives and Special Collections or for purchase on request.

Charlotte Turgeon came to Amherst with her husband, Frederick Turgeon, in 1934 when he joined the French Department.  During his 1937 sabbatical in Paris, she graduated from the Cordon Bleu Academy.  She has been described as a "pioneer forerunner for women in the culinary arts in the United States."  Having published fifty-three cookbooks and held cooking classes in her home, she was as prolific off the screen as her classmate and close friend Julia Child was on the screen.  She has been quoted as saying "I just wanted to make the cooking part of life fun and intelligible."

Jack W. C. Hagstrom, Class of 1955, is a collector of books, a bibliographer, and a founding member of the Friends of the Amherst College Library.  He is also a close friend of Charlotte Turgeon.

  • Turgeon talks about the social aspects of Amherst faculty life:
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  • Turgeon discusses her life as a cook and author:
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  • Turegon describes her cook book collection:
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