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Object 12 [of 66] – Fish mold


Metal molds were used to shape the many fish dishes such as mousseline de saumon — made in formal cuisine classique. Julia talked much about the intense labor required to make a fish mousse, before the blender and the food processor were invented. One pounded and seived the fish (or ham) to a fine paste, then set the paste to its final shaping in a buttered mold.


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Object 41 – Paul's Fish Monoprint
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From the very moment when Julia fell in love with French food, over a 1948 meal in Rouen featuring sole meunière, she developed an ongoing love for fish. Read More


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