Julia Child’s Smithsonian Reunion

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julia child smithsonian reunionA popular exhibit at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History is Bon Appetit! Julia Child's Kitchen at the Smithsonian, featuring the exact cookware and decorations used in her own home. But up until recently, the collection of Child's artifacts had never been complete.

Julia Child gifted the majority of her kitchen wares to the Smithsonian institute in 2001, where it was later recreated and displayed in the museum. Three of Julia's television series were filmed there. It contains the original cabinetry, countertops, stove, and kitchen appliances, as well as the chef's prized cookbooks. Over one thousand artifacts were available for public viewing.

But the set was only partially represented. A "missing" wall was on display at a cultural institution in California. It contained thirty copper pots and pans hung on a customized pegboard, outlined with the different shapes of the cookware it held, which Julia's husband Paul made specifically for her.  The wall also contains black steel crepe pans, cast-iron baking pans, and a branding iron with the initials "JC," many of which are labelled as authentic French cookware antiques.

Now, the Californian display can be found at the National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C. as a part of Bon Appetit! Julia Child's Kitchen at the Smithsonian.  It is still a permanent display at the museum. Surprisingly, this fact was not always meant to be the case. The original exhibit had opened nearly a decade ago as a temporary attraction. But the impact of Julia Child's kitchen creations kept a steady flow of visitors and pilgrims alike, making Bon Appetit! a museum standard.

Source: 7th Space Interactive

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