Le Perfect Lunch

Julia’s First Meal in France
with Husband, Paul Child

We rolled to a stop
in La Place du Vieux Marché,
the square where Joan of Arc
had met her fiery fate.

There the Guide Michelin directed us to
Restaurant La Couronne.


Rouen is a 2000 year old city
located in Normandy
on the Seine River
not too far from the English Channel.

Rouen, France
November 1948


“The waiter is telling them
about the chicken they ordered,”
Paul whispered.

“How it was raised,
how it will be cooked,
what side dishes they can have with it,
and which wines would go best.”

Wine?” exclaimed Julie, “at lunch.”


Fellow blogger Taste with the Eyes has done a poignant tribute to their heroine, Julia Child, recreating her first lunch in France. It is a beautiful post befitting Julia’s own words in her memoir, My Life in France, in the retelling of that memorable occasion in Rouen, France, over sixty years ago.


“Paul and I floated out the door
into the brilliant sunshine and cool air.
Our first lunch together in France
had been absolute perfection.
It was the most exciting meal of my life.”




~ by eaesthete on 08/06/09.

One Response to “Le Perfect Lunch”

  1. This was a BEAUTIFUL post

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