When Julia Child moved back to her home state of California in 2001, she donated the kitchen from her Cambridge, Massachusetts, home to the National Museum of American History. The exhibition on view at the museum features the actual kitchen, including the cabinets, appliances, cookbooks, kitchen table, and hundreds of utensils and gadgets. The space gives visitors a peek into the working kitchen of one of the world’s best-known cooks, and explores how her influence as an author and host of several television series changed the way America cooks.
A replica of the kitchen plays a starring role in the new movie “Julie & Julia” with Meryl Streep and Amy Adams. And, as of today, beautiful French copper pots and pans have been reunited with the kitchen and are now on view.
In honor of Julia Child, we're inviting you to share your cooking stories, photos, memories, and experiences with us online. Starting on August 10, this blog will feature a Julia Child "Recipe of the Week" each Monday. Join with us and other cooking enthusiasts to share your stories of successes, mishaps, and delights in making each dish. We will also be posting pictures and facts about objects that Julia might have used to make the same dishes.
I know I'm looking forward to trying my hand at Boeuf Bourguignon and, maybe if I'm feeling gutsy, a Reine de Saba cake. What about you? What Julia Child recipes do you love whipping up? Do you have a dish you've always wanted to try? Leave a comment below and tell us what recipes you'd like to see featured.
Dana Allen-Greil is the new media project manager at the National Museum of American History.
August 11, 2009, Editor's Note: See all Recipe of the Week posts.