Julia was a member of the Junior League of Pasadena, but she and her husband Paul lived in the house at 2706 Olive Street as newlyweds when Paul worked for the State Department and Julia worked as a file clerk. At the time, Julia struggled to prepare palatable evening meals, and it wasn’t until she and Paul moved to Paris in 1948 that she mastered the art of French cooking and wrote her famous cookbook.
In the mid-fifties the Childs returned to Georgetown, where Julia hosted cooking classes for local residents and was even known to frequent Morgan’s Pharmacy to purchase Tums.
To learn more about Julia, you can visit her kitchen at the Smithsonian Museum of American History.
Inspired by Julia to cook? Contact Special Events to purchase a Jr League cookbook or click here. Proceeds from cookbook sales help support the League's efforts to increase childhood reading skills, and to provide trained volunteers and targeted grants.