Celebrating Julia Child’s 100th Birthday

Today would be Julia Child’s 100th birthday. In celebration of the centennial anniversary of her birth, we thought we’d share a Julia Child-inspired DIY project from The Nest magazine. Despite the fact that she was one of the most-celebrated chefs in her day, Julia Child’s Cambridge, MA kitchen was surprisingly modest. Child famously stored her pots and pans right on the wall using a pegboard and hook organizer that her husband Paul Child built for her beloved “batterie de cuisine.” Read on to see how Child’s no-nonsense kitchen inspired a real couple:

Julia Child making chocolate mousePhoto: Courtesy of Paul Child/PBS
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Julia Child

Julia Child is credited with introducing French cooking to America in her television show The French Chef, which began in 1963. You can catch reruns of these classic episodes on PBS all month (check local listings for programs)!
Julia Child's kitchen at The SmithsonianPhoto: Flickr/Natalie419
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Julia Child's original pegboard at The Smithsonian

Julia Child donated her kitchen to the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History when she moved to California in 2001(shown here on display at the museum). Many have been inspired by Child's efficient kitchen, and, in particular, her pegboard pot storage.
A Julia-inspired pegboard installationPhoto: Nicole Hill Gerulat for The Nest
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A Julia Child-inspired pegboard installation

One California couple recreated a version of Julia's pot rack in their own home. The solution is both practical (it frees up cabinet space) and stylish (it gives the kitchen a little personality).

Click here to read more about Nicole and Adam's San Francisco pad.