Cooking With Julia Child! A Tasty Museum Treat! Washington DC History Comes Alive!

Julia Childs kitchen at the Smithsonian

Grab A Bite With Julia Child!

She may no longer be with us, but Julia Child is still entertaining us! Julia cooked in this kitchen….and you can see it up close! It’s time for a tasty treat for foodies!

Washington DC Lincoln memorial

Welcome to Washington DC, the nation’s capital and a great place to see our country’s history up close…

John Rieber The White House

It’s safe to say that The White House is one of the world’s “most selfied” buildings…and I am guilty as charged, but there are many other iconic buildings you can capture yourself in front of as well!

US Capital Washington DC

Here is the “currently begin refurbished” Capital building, the Washington Monument and the Lincoln Memorial…

Washington Monument

Lincoln Memorial

One goofball standing next to me said “I thought it would be bigger!” Um, it looks plenty big enough to me…

The Lincoln Memorial Washington DC

All of these are inspiring to see up close, but some of the city’s most memorable sights take place indoors…

Smithsonian museum

Julia Child Is Cooking!

Enter The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History for an amazingly tasty food treat! It’s the original kitchen that Julia Child cooked in when she lived in Massachusetts!

Julia Childs kitchen at the Smithsonian

Julia Child’s Kitchen at the Smithsonian is located in the West End Gallery on the first floor of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History in Washington DC. It includes the entire 14′ x 20′ kitchen from Julia Child’s Massachusetts home – she donated it to the National Museum of American History in 2001.

Julia Childs Kitchen

Smithsonian Julia Child exhibit Washington DC

The kitchen exhibit is surrounded by text panels, photographs, selected objects, and a video: “Julia Child’s Kitchen Wisdom”.

Julia Childs kitchen wisdom_video

JUlia Child Smithsonian exhibit

The tape contains clips from many of Julia’s cooking shows, from the 1960s black-and-white series “The French Chef”, to “Julia and Jacques Cooking at Home”, which was taped in her Cambridge kitchen in the late 1990s – and it looked exactly like this!

original julia child kitchen

John Rieber Julia Child kitchen

As a foodie, I had to capture myself in her kitchen – well, right outside the glass at least!

The iconic Julia Child was America’s most-beloved Chefs, but read her terrific autobiography and discover it was a passion she learned later in life…and here is a hilarious “Julia Child remix, using all of her catch phrases!

I had the chance to see Julia’s original provencal stove, and my wife Alex and I had the chance to cook on it!

Julia Childs and Patrica Wells

We attended a week-long cooking class with Author/Chef Patricia Wells…and Julia gave Patricia her stove when she left Provence…and Patrica keeps it looking meticulous! Read all about our Julia / Patricia “Chanteduc” adventure here!

Cooking in Provence was an amazing adventure…but if you can’t get to France, you can head to Washington DC to see Julia’s kitchen and so much more!

national-air-and-space museum

You can also see the air and space museum as well, to get a peek inside some of NASA’s earliest spacecraft…we literally just shot a guy into outer space on the head of a pin!

smithsonian-national space museum

I am fascinated by Washington DC: incredible history, and as you know, a raucous political culture!

This Town political book

Here is a fascinating book that digs into the culture of DC right now – read all about it here:

I also had the chance to explore the neighborhoods around The White House, and came across this macabre historical site:

The Ford Theater Abraham Lincoln assassination

When you go by the infamous Ford Theater, the downside to our nation’s history is brought back to life…and here is the house where President Lincoln was taken after being shot, and where he later died…

Abraham Lincoln death house

The White House

And back at The White House, one of our greatest Presidents was killed not by his attempted Assassin, but by the White House Doctors who treated him!

Yes, there is a great book about President James Garfield…read that shocking story here:

Let me know if you’ve been to Julia’s kitchen!

Julia Childs kitchen at the Smithsonian

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