Legion D'Honneur Award, 2000

Julia Child was awarded the Legion D’Honneur, France’s highest honor, for her pivotal role in introducing Americans to French cuisine and cookery. Starting with her first cookbook, Mastering the Art of French Cooking, published in collaboration with Simone Beck and Louisette Bertholle in 1961, and continuing through more than 30 years of televised cooking shows, Julia Child inspired generations of Americans to try new cuisines and to care about food.
Julia received the award in November 2000 at a ceremony in Boston, with her friend and colleague, Chef Jacques Pepin, serving as master of ceremonies. A New York Times article (November 20, 2000) quoted her reaction upon receiving the award: “I am very, very proud. I adore France.” The Legion D'Honneur was created in 1802 by Napoleon to reward outstanding military and civil service to France.
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metal (overall material)
overall: 4 in x 1 1/2 in; 10.16 cm x 3.81 cm
overall; container: 1 1/4 in x 2 1/4 in x 4 1/2 in; 3.175 cm x 5.715 cm x 11.43 cm
overall: 5 in x 2 1/4 in x 5 in; 12.7 cm x 5.715 cm x 12.7 cm
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FOOD: Transforming the American Table 1950-2000
Food Culture
Entertainment, general
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Home and Community Life: Domestic Life
FOOD: Transforming the American Table 1950-2000
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National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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