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A 200-Year-Old Paris Icon Was Julia Child's Favorite Place For Cookware
One of the most beloved home-cooking icons of all time, Julia Child had a love for unique kitchen tools and gadgets that she used to practice her culinary magic.
When Child was a student at the revered Paris culinary school Le Cordon Bleu, she stumbled upon a storefront that would become her cookware supplier for years to come.
The shop, Dehillerin, sits about a half-mile from The Louvre. It was founded in the 1820s and was already famous among Parisian chefs when Child first visited.
Perusing Dehillerin’s “infinite number of wondrous gadgets, tools, implements, and gewgaws,” Child once wrote that she found herself enchanted — like a kid in a candy store.
Today, visitors to Dehillerin are able to walk in Child’s footsteps. The shop remains in the care of the de Hillerin family, who are intent on preserving its old-world charm.
As for Child’s Dehillerin cookware, fans can view her original collection at a museum in another famous capital city: the National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C.