There was a nice piece in the Washington Post today on the National Museum of American History’s re-opening of one of their best exhibits: Julia Child’s television kitchen. I had no idea how moving the exhibit would be before I visited in the mid-2000s. I’ve seen only a few episodes of her show and a dozen or so more of clips from YouTube. I’ve read much more from and about her than I’ve seen on screen (the rather regrettable “Julie & Julia” book and film aside). But her “Mastering the Art of French Cooking” was the first serious cookbook I owned. That and her other writings showcase her trademark wit and spirit. Uncompromising yet utterly accessible; learned yet devoid of pretension – and of course, funny as hell. The Smithsonian exhibit is strangely mesmerizing. You stand there and think, “In this tiny space a most unlikely woman changed the way we ate.” So cool.
Bonus: The Post is hosting a live chat on Julia Child, the exhibit and other associated topics tomorrow at 11am CST.