Julia Child's husband, Paul, designed this working kitchen for her in 1961. She used this room to cook for her family, friends and co-workers. The kitchen was also a set for her three enormously popular TV shows.
The thing I loved most about Julia Child's kitchen was that she utilized every space possible. It is not very big, however she had everything a good chef would need in it. I am sure Julia could have chosen a bigger and more elaborate kitchen. She went with a kitchen that was practical and comforting. You could tell this was a place for family. Julia not only kept all her professional equipment in this room, but she also had small simple gadgets that every home cook has.
Julia called her kitchen "the beating heart of the household". That was a perfect summary of this famous room. This wall plaque said it all.
I loved how there was a space for everything in Julia Child's kitchen. She utilized this blue pegboard for over 45 pots and kitchen gadgets. They were all outlined in black or red marker so that they could be placed back exactly where they belonged.
In 2001, Julia Child decided to donate her kitchen which came from her Cambridge Massachusetts home to the museum. Through this kitchen, you can see her life as a family cook, culinary professional and television star. If you are ever in Washington, DC, this is one exhibit, you don't want to miss. I know I am hoping that things will get back to normal soon and I can visit again in the near future.
Thank you Julia, for giving us so much in American food culture! And happy birthday!