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Mid-Century Cooking at its Finest, When Julia was Queen

Another week has flown by!  It’s Friday afternoon and since I can’t face a serious topic, I thought I’d share these fun pics with you.  In case you’re too young to know (I almost am).  Julia Child was the quintessential “French” Chef and Diva of the Kitchen. I put “French” in quotes because she was actually American.  



Juilia on the set of her show. How did she keep from cracking up, let alone not trip over her colleagues! Photo coutesy of


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Julia Child Kneading Dough by An Open Kitchen Window, c. 1952 Photo by Paul Child, her photographer husband


Her book Mastering the Art of French Cooking brought that style of cuisine to the US.  She was also a pioneer of the TV cooking show genre. Her TV series The French Chef aired from 1963-1973.  Although Julia’s style of French cooking is not  known for being particularly healthy, she did enjoy a long life of enthusiastic cooking and eating.  She left us in 2004 at the age of 91!

Julia's best seller is still available in its 40th anniversary edition from Amazon
Julia’s best seller is still available now in its 40th anniversary edition from Amazon

Julia Child's kitchen at the Smithsonian.
Julia Child’s kitchen at the Smithsonian.


The kitchen above came from Julia’s home in Cambridge, Massachusetts and was donated the the Smithsonian Institute where it is today.  She cooked her heart out from the 1940s until around 2001 and everything you see here is from that time period.  If you’d like to know more check out the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History website. 


Gloria Graham-Sollecito

Gloria is a kitchen and bath cabinetry designer with AKBD certification from the National Kitchen & Bath Association. She has also served on the Florida Treasure Coast Chapter's Board of Directors as the VP of Communications. Her work has appeared on This Old House as well as in Florida Design Magazine, K+BB Magazine and the Palm Beach Post. She is co-author of The Complete Idiots Guide to Remodeling Your Kitchen, Illustrated, as well as a freelanced writer contributing occasionally to the Sun Sentinel in the area of kitchen design. She is a proud member of the Blanco Design Council and the illustrious Brizo Blogger 19.



Yes, I was a fan of Julia Child in mid-century when I was mere novice (and still am) re cooking. Liked her cheerful personality and the way she brushed it off when something came out oven not quite as she said it would.Usually a hand offscreen gave her the dish as it was supposed to look! Obviously had backup help behind the scenes.!Never wanted to copy her, though,just too many pots, pans, mixers, blenders,cutting boards, other assorted cooking utensils involved for just ONE meal! However, hats off to all the good cooks who enjoy cooking! Love and admire them one and all, always!

Gloria Graham-Sollecito

Great story, Yvonne! I must agree. Also, I think today we wouldn’t have the time for all that!

Ann M. Morris

Fun and great information about Ms Julia. Didn’t realize the actual kitchen was in the Smithsonian. Wow! I would like to know what range she used? You know Kitchen Designers?? I think it was a Garland. As usual, love your blogs.

Gloria Graham-Sollecito

Yes, Ann, that would be interesting to know. I do know that for the show she used electric burners rather than the preferred gas. Some say it was just because that is what the studio was equipped with.

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