Here’s a line any foodie would trade their best knife to utter at their next dinner party: “I whipped up this boeuf bourguignon in the exact spot where Julia Child cooked.”
In addition to the usual factors of location, location, location — the couple had long coveted a place in the neighborhood — the house’s culinary heritage was a draw for the Veevers-Carters (he’s an aviation-industry exec; she’s with the World Bank). “It was certainly part of the appeal,” says Rory Veveers-Carter, who claims to be the cook of the family. (“My wife hasn’t seen the inside of the kitchen in years.”)
Child and her husband, Paul, lived in the home for three years in the late 1950s after their now-legendary stint in France, where the future celebrity chef first picked up her passion for Gallic cuisine. Child gave cooking lessons in the wooden home and tested recipes that would wind up in her seminal “Mastering the Art of French Cooking.”
The new owners are planning a major overhaul of what decades of wear and tear have left a fixer-upper. But Veveers-Carter says he wants to respect its history, which could include some nods to Child’s design sensibilities in the kitchen. “Maybe not the pegboard … you end up having to clean it an awful lot,” he says, referring to a signature design feature that Child used to organize her copious collection of French cookware.
The listing agent would not divulge the sales price for the home, whose listed price was $1.1 million.
Veevers-Carter says the home comes with a bonus of sorts: friends angling for dinner invites. “The e-mails are already coming in.”