Julia Child’s Stunningly Preserved French Kitchen Hits the Market
Ever dream of cooking in a famous chef's kitchen? Well, now you have the chance to cook in Julia Child's French kitchen. Sotheby’s has just listed Child’s Provençal country home for $880,000. While the house—which Julia lovingly called La Pitchoune ("The Little Thing")—has been throughly modernized, the kitchen remains just as Child left it.
“You could almost say we’re selling the kitchen with the property thrown in,” Alexander Kraft, the chairman of Sotheby’s International Realty France told The New York Times. “It’s really got the same look and feel as the one in the Smithsonian. Whoever buys it is really buying a true piece of Julia Child’s history.” Kraft is referring to Child’s Cambridge, Massachusetts, kitchen, which is now enshrined at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.
The French kitchen has the same pegboard (that Paul Child made with outlines for cooking tools) as the kitchen that’s on display at the museum. Child enjoyed the home from 1966 until 1992, when she returned the keys to Simca Beck’s family, who own the land on which the house was originally built. The property was bought by an American woman, Kathie Alex, in the late 1990s, who used the house to set up a cooking school. Alex is the one who listed the property earlier this week. Keep scrolling to check it out!
Learn more about Julia Child’s time in France by reading her memoir, My Life in France.
Would you want to cook in Julia’s old kitchen?