Interviewed by Jack W. C. Hagstrom
October 20, 1998
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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 at 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 intelligible and fun."
Jack W. C. Hagstrom, class of 1955, is a collector of books, a bibliographer and a founding member of the Friends of the Library. He is also a close friend of Charlotte Turgeon.
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