Julia & Paul Child Valentines Tradition
I recently finished reading My Life in France by Julia Child and Alex Prud'homme. Julia's humor and wit delighted me throughout the book. One of my favorite parts in the book are the photos of the valentines that her and her husband Paul would send out each year.
Here's an excerpt from the book with Julia Child describing the valentines:
"Come February, all of our time off was spent composing letters for the hundreds of valentines we sent out around the globe. Valentine cards had become a tradition of ours, born of the fact that we could never get ourselves organized in time to send out Christmas cards. With our ever-enlarging network of family, friends, and Foreign Service colleagues, we found that Paul's hand-designed valentine cards-usually a woodcut or drawing, sometimes a photograph-were a nice way to keep in touch. But they could be labor-intensive. One year's design was a faux stained-glass window, with five colors in it, each of which had to be hand-painted in watercolors-which took hours. For 1956, we decided to lighten up by doing something different: we posed ourselves for a self-timed valentine photo in the bathtub, wearing nothing but artfully placed soap bubbles".
You can purchase a copy of the "Julia & Paul Child Valentine's Card Bubble Bath" for $25- over at i-concepts
You can purchase My Life in France for $8.95 over at Powell's Books