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No chef may be as beloved as Julia Child, who after discovering a passion for France and food, co-wrote Mastering the Art of French Cooking, which brought French cuisine to the mainstream American cook.


Julia did much of the work on the recipes at the vacation home that she and her husband Paul built and lived in for more than 3 decades.


The property located in Provence north of Cannes was lovingly called La Pitchoune, an affectionate French term meaning “Little One,” or La Peetch for short.




New owner Makenna Held on right


Fast forward another 30 years.


The cottage is now owned by Makenna Held, a talented young woman from Colorado who acquired the property after it went up for sale in 2015 because she couldn’t bear the thought of Julia Child’s house being renovated or torn down.


More importantly, she felt that Julia’s legacy should be shared and visited.


Like Julia, Makenna was an avid francophile, who also fell rather casually into French cooking.


She says she was hooked when at the age of 4, she tried escargots with garlic-herb butter and loved it!


Securing investors to make her dream happen, Makenna nows runs both an all-inclusive retreat and her own cooking school called The Courageous Cooking School out of La Peetch.


Understandably most of this has been online in the last year.


The pink stucco cottage is 1500 square feet with a garden and lovely pool, and the pièce de résistance is its “time capsule” kitchen almost as Julia left it.


1978 file photo shows American television chef Julia Child in the kitchen of her vacation home in southern France.


La Peetch kitchen today!


With pots and pans hanging on the wall, it is considered the only working pegboard kitchen in the world.


AND There is so much more to tell you!


So I hope you will join me in May for my interview with Makenna Held on May 8th!


Maybe she will make us a little something?




The garden at La Peetch


A La Peetch recipe



Fresh produce at La Peetch



Wasn’t that a great interview with Gail Thorell Schilling last Tuesday?

Such an engaging woman and I hope many of you who tuned in have decided to read her book, Do Not Go Gentle, Go to Paris!

We had two Giveaway Draw winners for her book, Shardie Stevenson of Burlington, Ontario, who won a hard copy,

and Susan Zurbin-Hothersall from Brooklyn, New York, who won the new audiobook.

Congrats Ladies!



The House That Julia Built!

An Exclusive Interview


With the young woman who purchased culinary icon Julia Child‘s vacation home in Provence!


You don’t want to miss my interview with Makenna Held, now a chef in her own right and creator of The Courageous Cooking School!



SATURDAY MAY 8th at 12:30 pm EST/9:30 am Pacific

6:30 pm in Paris, 5:30 pm in London




Makenna at the Kitchen door at La Peetch!



NOTE: Annual members do NOT need to register for this interview.

You are already registered.

(NOT an annual member yet? Click HERE to go to The Virtual Adventures Club to find out more.)

**NOTE: There is a small administrative fee ($22.50 CAD) for each interview IF you are NOT an annual member.

It is posted in Canadian Dollars, and if you are paying in USD, euros, or pounds, you will get the benefit of the exchange rate!


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  1. Gretchen Greene O'Brien on April 11, 2021 at 8:22 am

    What a wonderful legacy that Julia Child has left behind – carried on by Makenna Held. Bravo!!

    • Diana Bishop on April 25, 2021 at 4:33 pm

      She really has. I can’t wait for this interview. Thanks Gretchen, Diana

  2. Shardie Stevenson on April 11, 2021 at 10:40 am

    Great interview last week and what a wonderful Birthday gift , to win Gail’s book!

    I’m very excited to “ be inside” Julia Child’s cottage in May for your interview with Makenna Held. I am a foodie as you know and simply love Julia!
    Do happy to be on this Virtual Adventure with you Diana! 😎🙏🏻❤️

  3. Peg McPhedran on April 11, 2021 at 11:40 am

    I’m looking forward to this “visit” as I am a foodie myself, and after all, have we not all been influenced by Julia when we’re in the kitchen? Want to hear more about the retreats and cooking school!

    • Diana Bishop on April 13, 2021 at 11:45 am

      This is on my list of visits when in France next, whenever that will be! Thanks for commenting Peg! Hope you and I can have some new France adventures in the future. Best to you, Diana

  4. Margaret Ann Gendreau on April 11, 2021 at 1:19 pm

    The interview with Gail Thorell Schilling this past week was very informative. I really admire how Gail could just change her mind decide to stay longer in a special place even if that meant passing up a previously planned adventure. Well done!

    I have enjoyed this whole series Diana. A great way to have some adventure in my life while locked down!

    • Diana Bishop on April 13, 2021 at 11:43 am

      Thank you so much Margaret Ann. Gail was a delight to interview. And she definitely is an inspiration to us all! Best to you, Diana

  5. Trudy Van Buskirk on April 11, 2021 at 2:22 pm

    I know Julia Child’s book so I’m so happy that her cottage in France where she did a lot of her cooking was bought by a woman who’s a “foodie” like her was great news!!!!!

  6. Margaret Ann Gendreau on April 11, 2021 at 2:48 pm

    I really enjoyed my trip in France with Gail last week. Loved how Gail was able to go with the flow, change plans and enjoy those changes. Thanks Diana! Really looking forward to visiting Julia’s cottage next.

    Keep well! “See” you soon!

  7. Ilona McAlister on May 7, 2021 at 3:03 pm

    Are these interviews also recorded!

    • Diana Bishop on May 8, 2021 at 5:26 pm

      Yes they are and available afterwards to those who are registered and many have missed them! Diana

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