“Julia,” a documentary about the iconic chef and cookbook author released on May 30, includes reels of archival footage offering fans an intimate glimpse into Julia Child’s life and career (via CNN). Child, having desires of writing for a magazine in New York, met her husband Paul in Sri Lanka while they both were serving in the Office of Strategic Services during World War II. Paul’s job brought the couple to Paris in 1948, during which time Child was in her late 30s (via the CIA).
Their first French meal, though, was in Normandy, at La Couronne, a restaurant whose website boasts it’s the oldest inn in France, having served customers including Joan of Arc and Pierre Corneille. At that storied 600-year-old establishment, Child had her first bite of sole meunière — and “it came upon me that it was what I was looking for all my life.”
The meunière preparation of Dover sole — which, according to Restaurante Christopher, has a meaty texture and delicate, sweet flavor — involves seasoning the fish with salt and pepper before it’s dredge in flour and cooked in a hot pan. The dish is served with a brown butter sauce that’s brightened up with lemon, fresh parsley, and often capers (via CNN). A recipe by Melissa Clark in The New York Times Cooking has some modifications, but begins with a headnote explaining sole meunière is the dish that “made Julia Child fall in love with French cuisine.”