Julia Child's French kitchen for sale

Julia Child's kitchen in France

Want to own a piece of culinary history? Julia Child's French vacation cottage, complete with kitchen designed by Paul Child, is on the market for slightly less than $1 million. The home was built on land owned by Simone Beck, Child's friend and co-author of Mastering the Art of French Cooking.

Called La Pitchoune (The Little One), "the 1,600-square-foot getaway is exactly what you'd hope of the world's first celebrity chef, who brought French cooking into the everyday American kitchen." It features Child's trademark pegboard kitchen storage, tall countertops, and plenty of light.

The vacation cottage was built in 1963 on property owned by her best friend, Simone Beck, who co-authored "Mastering the Art of French Cooking" with Child. They had a "handshake deal" agreeing that the Childs would give the house back to Beck and her family when they were done using it. Until recently, the cottage was used as a cooking school by an American named Kathie Alex, who knew and studied with Child and Beck. Health issues caused Alex to put the home on the open market - the first time it has been offered to the general public. 

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