Saturday, August 15, 2009

Julia's Kitchen

I've been reading so much about the new movie, Julie and Julia lately. Everyone seems to like it, even the NY Times. But really, who doesn't love Julia? I haven't seen the movie yet. I read Julia Child's book, My Life in France, which is the basis for her section of the movie. It's such a great read, I almost don't want to spoil it by seeing the movie. But, who am I kidding? I'm sure I'll see it.

I just found this blog post on the Bitten blog about Pedro Guerrero photographing Ms. Child's kitchen; both the article and the photos are great. I know everyone is talking about Julia Child these days, I guess I just have to jump on the bandwagon.

We saw Julia's kitchen at the Smithsonian years ago and I feel in love with the idea of the peg boards that hold all the pans and utensils. When we got home we put up peg board all over our kitchen in Niskayuna. I loved it, it's the only part of that house I truly miss. The kitchen we have now, while serviceable, doesn't have the wall space for peg board. We didn't, as Paul Child did, outline our pots and pans on the peg board but if we ever do peg board again we will.

When I put up my peg board back in Niskayuna, my mom said that my dad had done that for her in one of the houses they lived in. Maybe that was the thing to do back then or maybe she watched a lot of Julia Child.

Who knows? Anyway, enjoy the pictures and if you have the space, try the peg board, it's great. I mean, Julia Child did it, it has to be good.

Bon Appetit!


  1. Hi Kate!
    Dave and I saw the movie and we both liked it. People were actually laughing out loud. I can't remember when that happened last, actually I can't remember when we saw a movie together last! What made it even better is that we saw it in Cambridge Ma last week when we were having a grownup weekend.
    I really liked the Meryl Streep/ Julia part better than Amy Adams/Julie part. Your kitchen was great!

  2. ok, so maybe T and I will have to go see it...

  3. I've got a date (with members of my book group) to see Julie & Julia on wed. - I can't wait!!! finally saw julia's kitchen in the smithsonia in january.... peg boards were all the rage in the 1970s and 1980s..... perhaps that is when julia added hers.