A Conversation with Joan Reardon was the perfect entrée into the world of Julia Child, Avis DeVoto, book publishing and more. Joan charmed her audience with the back-stories and those in attendance devoured every word as well as every morsel of fromage from Sofia Solomon¹s Tekla and every spoonful of the Pistou soup prepared by Chef Noe Sanchez from Nancy Brussat and Candace Warner’s Convito Café & Market. Barbara Glunz welcomed the crowd to the House of Glunz while Barbara Kuck passed mini-quiche and Beth Hetherington selected and poured the appropriate French wines to accompany each course. Conversation buzzed about Julia, but everyone hushed when Joan pulled her chair away from the table and recounted her memories of Julia, Avis, Alice Waters, MFK Fisher, and the making of As Always, Julia. The night was an intimate glimpse into book publishing frustrations and Julia’s persona. Without Avis, Mastering the Art of French Cooking may never have been published.