Julia Child Makes the Perfect French Omelet

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"It's flat, and it's French."

I was in Paris last week, and while I was there my husband and I went to a posh tea room and had a real French omelet. It was as different from American omelets as you can imagine: Where American omelets are stuffed with fillings, this one had only a thin layer of cheese and elegantly diced mushrooms. Where American omelets are dry and lacy, this one was smooth as the outside of a balloon. When cut open, the smooth skin split open to reveal a delicate interior spilling out with golden, barely coagulated eggs. It was heavenly.

So now of course I have to try to recreate this omelet, and where else to start but with Julia Child? Her enthusiasm is bracing, and her expertise is reassuring. I plan on watching this a few times, then attempting one myself.

Have you ever made a perfect French omelet?

Related: Julia Child Improvises (With Blowtorch) on Letterman

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Faith is the executive editor of The Kitchn and the author of three cookbooks. They include Bakeless Sweets (Spring 2013) as well as The Kitchn's first cookbook, which will be published in Fall 2014. She lives in Columbus, Ohio with her husband Mike.