When we first heard about Julia Child’s Provence cottage going up for rent on Airbnb, the news certainly spawned a few days of vacation daydreaming. Rosanna Pansino, however, made that dream a reality. The author and host of the popular YouTube series “Nerdy Nummies” spent a week in the south of France taking a break from her usual pop-culture goodies (like a Death Star cake and Tetris Tater Tots) to soak in some of the air and influence of one of America’s most beloved chefs. And it makes sense the two should cross paths (even if posthumously for Child), because just as Julia’s presence on America’s televisions introduced French cooking techniques to a new audience, so too are YouTube personalities like Pansino bringing the joys of making food to a new generation. Pansino filled FWx in on what it was like to walk in Child’s shoes and how she turns nerding out into nummie treats.
Why did you decide to take this trip to France and rent Julia’s house?
I heard about being able to rent Julia Child's cottage right after it was first announced. I am not a very impulsive person but as soon as I saw the announcement tweet on People Magazine's Twitter I immediately booked the trip. Julia Child is one of my biggest role models and cooking in her kitchen was a dream come true.