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Story 18 [of 18] – Fish Stories


"Oh, yes, the monkfish, that was wonderful…"


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. That passion was reflected in much of the artwork seen in the kitchen, in frequent, often outrageously comic, television episodes of fish cooking and shellfish "handling"—remember the monkfish?—and in the enormous selection of fish cooking utensils and tools in her kitchen.


Many fish molds (for making mousselines) and fish-related cooking and preparation tools (fish and shellfish knives, shellers, and scalers) hung on the pegboards and walls and rested in cabinet drawers. Various examples of fish art—some made by Paul Child,—others gifts from friends hung in the kitchen. She introduced many Americans to exotic fish, and she taught them how to prepare the very fish that had made her fall in love with beautifully prepared French food.


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