Julia Child’s Kitchen in the Smithsonian

PhotobucketNo TuesdaysWithDorie today as my 4 month old granddaughter is having heart surgery tomorrow. My post today has some photos of Julia Child’s kitchen that I took on a recent trip to Washington DC. Julia donated her kitchen to the Smithsonian’s American History Museum back in 2001 just before she moved to California. For more info on Julia Child’s Kitchen, visit the AmericanHistoryMuseum.Indelibly imprinted in my memory is one of Julia Child’s cooking programs in 1979 where she holds up to the camera a huge and very ugly fish known as a monkfish. Roger Berkowitz, owner of Legal Seafoods, along with co-author Jane Doerfer, writes in “The New Legal Seafoods Cookbook” that while buying fish on the pier in the early seventies, he came upon a box labeled “monkey tails”. His curiosity piqued when the vendor told him the fish brought big money in France so bought a few boxes to take back to his Inman Square store. Later that day when Julia Child walked into his store, he asked if she knew the name of the fish he had just bought. She very excitedly told him that it was Lotte,also known as an anglerfish, a very prized fish in France and could he get her some. It took Berkowitz a few weeks to get the fish and when he asked about the delay was told that the fish were extremely ugly so the fisherman cut off their heads at sea and only saved the tails. After paying a little extra, he managed to get a whole one for Julia Child who used the whole fish on her cooking show, “The French Chef”. Culinary history was made! The firm texture of the monkfish is similar to the texture of lobster and is often called “poor man’s lobster”.PhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucket


  1. vibi
    June 30, 2009 / 7:32 pm

    I'm sending my best waves to the baby…And love the kitchen bit! Funny how we think the best must have state of the art stuff, when in fact they have exactly what we do…Thanks for sharing.

  2. Hornedfroggy
    June 30, 2009 / 8:11 pm

    SO jealous that you got to visit JC's kitchen display – how awesome! Thoughts and prayers for the surgery – hope all goes well!!

  3. TeaLady
    June 30, 2009 / 8:21 pm

    We will be thinking about your Granddaughter.

  4. Pamela
    July 1, 2009 / 11:46 am

    Thank you for sharing these photos. It seems like a great exhibit. Keeping that baby and your family in my prayers!!

  5. Eliana
    July 1, 2009 / 8:13 pm

    Thanks so much for posting. I will make sure ot visit the next time I'm in DC. Hope your granddaughter is doing ok.

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