Julia Child baking a cake during the episode of The French Chef that inspired the opera. Courtesy of Schlesinger LibraryJulia Child baking a cake during the episode of The French Chef that inspired the opera. Courtesy of Schlesinger Library

A Musical Feast: Julia Child, Jean Stapleton, and an Opera about Cake

July 18, 2019

In December 1986, Julia Child received a letter from the actress Jean Stapleton—who had played Edith Bunker on the classic sitcom All in the Family—about possibly collaborating on an opera.

Preprinted promotional label pasted onto the front free endpaper of Avis DeVoto's copy of Mastering the Art of   French Cooking, vol. 2. Courtesy of the Schlesinger LibraryPreprinted promotional label pasted onto the front free endpaper of Avis DeVoto's copy of Mastering the Art of French Cooking, vol. 2. Courtesy of the Schlesinger Library

Avis DeVoto and the Case of the Missing Mustard

September 24, 2015

The Schlesinger Library has several wonderful association copies of Mastering the Art of French Cooking, including those of Denise Schorr, Barbara Ketcham Wheaton, and Ruth Lockwood. The capstone, however, is our recent acquisition of inscribed copies that belonged to Avis DeVoto.

Siting Julia: Julia Child Centenary Exhibition

Opening September 21: Julia Child Centenary Exhibition

September 19, 2012

Opening this Friday, September 21, the Siting Julia: Julia Child Centenary Exhibition from the Schlesinger Library's Julia Child Papers traces her path through various sites: post–World War II Paris, Cambridge, Massachusetts, and national television.

“The Book . . . is More Important than Anything”

September 24, 2012

The Julia Child collections at the Schlesinger Library at the Radcliffe Institute contain everything from tax forms to recipes, from personal letters to family to work-related queries to and from the many people with whom Child worked. One stream of correspondence—between Child and her editor Judith Jones documents the production process behind Child’s books.

Happy 100th Birthday Julia Child

August 14, 2012

With generous funding from the Julia Child Foundation, the Schlesinger Library has recently digitized nearly 4,000 images of Julia and Paul Child from the Julia Child Papers.

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