Soufflé Dish

Sweet (chocolate) and savory (cheese) soufflés, made popular by James Beard and Julia Child in the 1960’s, became “company” dishes used to wow other Americans who’d never seen them unless they went to fancy French restaurants.
Inspired by customer demands to have cookware just like Julia’s, the white porcelain soufflé dish from the French company Pillivuyt was one of the first items Charles E. (Chuck) Williams brought to his customers through his stores in Sonoma, San Francisco, then his catalogues and ever expanding store empire, Williams-Sonoma. This particular soufflé dish is one of Julia’s many soufflé dishes, acquired in France but made by Pillyvuyt, just like all the others in America acquired through Williams-Sonoma and other upscale kitchenware stores.
Object Name
soufflé dish
Physical Description
porcelain (overall material)
overall: 8 cm x 22.7 cm x 7.7 cm; 3 5/32 in x 8 15/16 in x 3 1/32 in
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
FOOD: Transforming the American Table 1950-2000
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FOOD: Transforming the American Table 1950-2000
Food: Transforming the American Table 1950-2000
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of Julia Child

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