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.

Maker: Le Creuset

Used: United States: Massachusetts, BostonUnited States: Massachusetts, Cambridge

See more items in: Home and Community Life: Occupations, Food, FOOD: Transforming the American Table 1950-2000, Julia Child's Kitchen

Exhibition: Food: Transforming the American Table

Exhibition Location: National Museum of American History

Related Publication: Susan Campbell. Cooks' Tools

Credit Line: Gift of Julia Child

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 2001.0253.0709Catalog Number: 2001.0253.0709Accession Number: 2001.0253

Object Name: potcasserole

Physical Description: iron (overall material)enamel (overall material)plastic (overall material)Measurements: overall: 22 cm x 33 cm x 26.5 cm; 8 21/32 in x 13 in x 10 7/16 in


Record Id: nmah_1001137

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