Julia Child's First Meal In France, November 1948

"We began our lunch with a half-dozen oysters on the half shell."

"Rouen is famous for its duck dishes, but after consulting the waiter Paul had decided to order Sole Meunière...perfectly browned in a sputtering butter sauce with a sprinkling of chopped parsley on top."

"Then came the salade verte with a slightly acidic vinaigrette."

"We followed our meal with a leisurely dessert of fromage..."

"Paul and I floated out the door into the brillant sunshine and cool air. Our first lunch together in France had been absolute perfection. It was the most exciting meal of my life." This is as she describes her meal to us in My Life in France by Julia Child and Alex Prud'homme, pages 17 and 18.

To make Sole Meunière: Season the fresh Petrale Sole, then dip it in a beaten egg. Dredge in flour and shake off the excess. Saute in a half butter/half olive oil mixture until light brown. Make the sauce in another pan; brown the butter, finish with lemon juice and chopped parsley. Pour sauce on the platter, then top with the fish. Garnish with lemons and parsley.

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