Cocotte, ca 1976

Julia Child introduced Americans to all sorts of new durable cookware, including enameled cast-iron pots from France. Perfect for long braises, they were obviously well-suited to America’s favorite stews and roasts. The original Le Creuset pots were all flame-red; this true red one, with its odd handles, belonged to Julia Child. Its line, called “La Mama, was introduced by Le Creuset in 1973, designed by Enzo Mari, an Italian designer. Julia referred to it as her “soup” pot. The six quart Le Creuset pot, now available in many colors, is one of the most common in the “new” American kitchens.
Object Name
Le Creuset
Physical Description
iron (overall material)
enamel (overall material)
plastic (overall material)
overall: 22 cm x 33 cm x 26.5 cm; 8 21/32 in x 13 in x 10 7/16 in
United States: Massachusetts, Boston
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
FOOD: Transforming the American Table 1950-2000
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FOOD: Transforming the American Table 1950-2000
Bon Appetit!
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of Julia Child
Related Publication
Susan Campbell. Cooks' Tools

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