Ah yes, Julia’s recipe for La Soupe a l’onion! I arrived in France in 1978 with Julia’s "The French Chef" in my suitcase, ready for my job as French/English translator. I was sure that I would meet many people and entertain in my home so I had to be prepared. One of the first meals that I made for my French friends started out with Julia’s onion soup. My guests were amazed. Confused. Bewildered. Later on in my French life I learned that Soupe a l’onion was only served at special occasions……..weddings, baptisms, etc., and at 2 or 3AM……to sober everyone up for the drive home!!! But the soup always turned out magnificently as did her other recipes…..