Mastering the art: Never before seen photos show top chef Julia Child relaxing in Paris in touching portraits taken by her devoted husband Paul before she came back to the US and revolutionized home cooking
It’s legendary chef Julia Child like you’ve never seen her before.
Previously unreleased portraits of the culinary master, taken by her husband Paul Cushing Child, have just been published in a new book, titled France is a Feast: The Photographic Journey of Paul and Julia Child.
France is a Feast captures the two lovers’ journey, eating and adventuring throughout Europe, and mostly France, from 1948 to 1954, before she returned to the US in 1961 and revolutionized home cooking in America.
Previously unreleased portraits of the culinary master, Julia Child, taken by her husband Paul Cushing Child, have just been published in a new book, titled France is a Feast: The Photographic Journey of Paul and Julia Child; Julia Child is seen here in Cassis in 1950
France Is a Feast features 225 black and white photographs, taken by Paul.
Readers can expect to see rare, private moments in the endearing personality’s life, like a casual ‘roofnic’ in 1950 at 81 Rue de l’Université in Paris, where she and Paul lived.
Their home, which Julia referred to as ‘Rue de Lue,’ was the site where she began testing recipes for Mastering the Art of French Cooking, her debut cookbook which put her on the map and eventually launched her into countless American kitchens, by way of her own cooking show, The French Chef, in 1963.
Paul Cushing Child, husband to the legendary chef, is seen here with Julia in Marseille, France in 1950
France Is a Feast features 225 black and white photographs, taken by Paul
Julia looks down at Paul from the top of a spiral staircase in France in 1955
The couple originally moved to France for her husband Paul’s career, as he was assigned to the US Information Service at the American Embassy in Paris.
While there, America’s soon-to-be sweetheart chef attended the world-famous Le Cordon Bleu cooking school, and founded one of her own.
One photo from France is a Feast shows Julia with her fellow co-founders of Les Trois Gourmandes (translated to mean ‘The School of the Three Hearty Eaters’), Simone Beck and Louisette Bertholle.
Julia has a ‘roofnic’ in 1950 at 81 Rue de l’Université in Paris, which she referred to as ‘Rue de Lue,’ and is the site where she began testing recipes for Mastering the Art of French Cooking
Les Trois Gourmandes (translated to mean ‘The School of the Three Hearty Eaters’) is seen here, which was a cooking school founded in Paris during the 1950s by Julia (left), Simone Beck (center), and Louisette Bertholle (right), in Julia’s kitchen at 81 ‘Rue de Lue’
Julia props up one leg while chatting away on the telephone in Aubazine, France in 1952
The three women ran the school for Americans in Paris out of Julia’s kitchen at 81 ‘Rue de Lue.’
But Julia didn’t spend her entire time in a French kitchen, while overseas.
She and Paul, who were married for over 50 years, also spent a good deal of their stay cavorting amongst the locals in London.
Another image from the series shows the bustling scene in the United Kingdom, as seen through the lens of Paul, with Julia in 1952
The bustling scene in London is shown here, as seen through the lens of Paul, with Julia in 1952
Julia is seen here preparing food in a kitchen in London in 1952
A young lady and a dog are seen outside the Salon Leo in France in 1954
The photo collection was curated by the Child’s family friend, Katie Pratt, with text by Paul’s great-nephew, Alex Prud’homme.
Prud’homme co-authored My Life in France, which was Julia’s firsthand account of her experience living in the City of Lights.
Prud’homme helped her gather her memories and notes in the eight months leading up to her death in August of 2004, and their book was first published in 2006.
My Life in France was the basis for the 2009 movie, Julie & Julia, starring Meryl Streep and Amy Adams.
Julia samples a kitchen creation during her time in France with her husband, Paul, in the 1950s