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.
Le Creuset
United States: Massachusetts, Boston
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
ID Number
catalog number
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Credit Line
Gift of Julia Child
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Home and Community Life: Occupations
FOOD: Transforming the American Table 1950-2000
Food: Transforming the American Table 1950-2000
Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center


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