Bryan and I decided to scope out some of Julia Child's old haunts in Paris.
In her book, "My Life in France" she talks about her flat that she lived in. Located at 81 Rue de L'Université (which Julia shortened to 81 Rue de Loo), Julia and her husband, Paul, lived in the top two floors of the old building. Here is where Julia first began to test recipes for her cookbooks and to learn the French styles and techniques that she would eventually bring to America. It's sad to note that there is no historical plaque on the building and the residents that live there now have never even heard of Julia Child (we asked). While Julia is a huge celebrity in the States, nary a French person outside of the culinary world (that we spoke to, at least) knew of her in Paris.
E. Dehillerin was Julia's favorite kitchen/cooking
supply shop. Located in Les Halles, right by the
famous "Au Pied de Cochon" restaurant, E. Dehillerin's has just about everything a chef would need. It has two floors of kitchen gadgets from a basement filled with copper pots to a wall filled with whisks (or wire whips, as Julia would say!). The prices are all listed in a book that's located in the front of the store. It was great walking around this place, we could see why Julia was in love with it.