Wednesday, 15 August 2012

Inside Julia Child's home in Cambridge, Massachusetts:

Chef and TV personality Julia Child is honored today by Google Doodle, which had her happy image in the kitchen to commemorate her 100th birthday.

Go on a house tour with us where you can find images from Julia Child's home in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Photos by Richard Champion for Architectural Digest (Note how the images look quite vintage, because they are. This article on AD was when Julia Child was alive). Text by AD and

Julia Child's kitchen has its own pastry room for all her baking needs. It's compact and very homely.

The residence is an imposing Cambridge clapboard house “surrounded by good friends and large shade trees,” says Julia Child. Landscaping includes pachysandra, ivy, laurel, rhododendron and impatiens.

Julia Child in her home office, where her cook books are displayed with others. She was first known by her debut cookbook 'Mastering the Art of French Cooking'. Her most famous book is probably 'The French Chef'.

If you could recall, Julia Child's character was played by Meryl Streep in the movie 'Julie and Julia'

The grass-papered music room reveals the importance of books in the lives of Julia Child and her husband Paul. I love the big window overlooking the garden, with flimsy white curtain fluttering in the wind.

The hand-carved crédence in the adjoining entrance hall and both paintings are by Julia Child's husband, Paul Child, who worked for the OSS during World War II.

A valentine painting by Paul Child in the entrance hall welcomes visitors.

Bonus: The following images of a young Julia are from Vanity Fair.

Julia, photographed by her husband Paul Child in Paris, 1948. Courtesy of the Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University.

Twenty-three-year-old Julia at her summer home in Saint Malo, California, 1936. Courtesy of Philadelphia Cousins and Nick Moran.

Julia Child could be a model if she had chosen to when she was young, standing at a towering 6 foot 2 (1.88m). And what with those tone legs and beautiful girl. But then we wouldn't have the great chef for so many years on TV.

Happy birthday 100th birthday Julia Child!

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