In November 2001, after leaving her Massachusetts home of forty-two years and relocating to California, Julia Child -- the renowned cooking artist -- gave her kitchen to the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History, Behring Center. Designed by her late husband in 1961, the kitchen has become somewhat of an icon after being viewed for seven years by millions of people on three public television series. An accompaniment to Bon Appétit! Julia Child's Kitchen at the Smithsonian (a new exhibition featuring the reconstruction of Child's kitchen, opening August 19, 2002), What's Cooking? documents the nearly year-long process of deconstructing and reconstructing the contents of Child's kitchen, which consisted of more than 1,200 individual items. The site also contains photographs of Child and her 1961 kitchen, diary entries from Smithsonian staff members who interviewed Child and helped with the construction of the exhibit, and resources by and about Julia Child. In addition, the site provides kitchen stories by Child and others, which can be heard using RealPlayer or read in HTML format.


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