DEBORAH CROMBIE: My daughter told me over breakfast last week that Julia Child's house in
Provence was up for sale--for a mere $880,00, from Sotheby's. We drooled over the photos. Here's the photo spread in Conde Nast.
Her kitchen is intact, except for the original stove, which Julia gave to food writer Patricia Wells. The counters were custom built to accommodate her 6' 2" height, and her husband Paul drew outlines for the utensils on the pegboard on the walls. The Childs called the house La Pitchoune, "the little thing." Built on a potato patch on Julia's collaborator Simca Beck's property, it was the place Julia and Paul dreamed of owning one day when they left France for
another diplomatic posting.
There are three bedrooms with en suite bathrooms, an open-plan living dining room, and a swimming pool. But who cares about that? It's all about the kitchen! Can you imagine cooking in Julia Child's kitchen?
So I thought, well, we're all foodies. Surely the REDS could chip in a mere 100K plus small change apiece. I'm sure we could find a way to sleep the seven of us in a three bedroom house. And there is a small cottage on the property, as well.
Imagine the food, and the wine, and the talk, and the plotting that could go on. And maybe even some writing.
I might have to do my bit of the cooking at the kitchen island, however. I fear the extra-tall counter tops would defeat me...
Ah, well, it's nice to dream. And I think I must reread my copy of My Life in France, one of my favorite books of all time.
In the meantime, I hope whoever does buy Julia's house will live in it and love it with great gusto, as she'd have liked.
READERS, what about you? If funds were no obstacle, would you want to own Julia's house?
REDS ALERT: The winners of Deb Coonts's LUCKY BREAK are:
Karen in Ohio
Email me at deb at deborahcrombie dot com and I'll pass your info along to Deb Coonts. Enjoy!