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French Chef: Julia Child's French Classics


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  • Actors: Julia Child
  • Directors: .
  • Format: Black & White, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: PBS (DIRECT)
  • DVD Release Date: July 3, 2012
  • Run Time: 180 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00821N876
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #72,597 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

This special collection of six original black-and-white episodes of THE FRENCH CHEF from the 1960s brings Julia into the kitchen to teach cooks of all abilities how to prepare some of her favorite French classics. As Julia herself said, If I can do it, you can do it...and here s how to do it! Bon appétit!

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In most cases the preparation is shown in "real time".
Steve Ramm
I really enjoyed the dvd of Julia Child I use to watch this show with my mom when I was growing up.
PEGGY
This is a great value for those new to Julia or for buyers for all her other DVD's as I am.
KW

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

Julia Child is probably considered the original TV Chef, long before the Food Network, Rachel Ray, Lydia and even Jacques. Her show debuted on PBS via WGBH in her hometown of Boston in 1964. Reruns ran for years on TV.

This 3-hour DVD contains six 29-minute shows (they didn't do lots of "sponsor ads" like they do on PBS now), each of which covers ONE dish in a full course French meal. First there is the Onion Soup, Then the Coq au Van and a Quiche and finally three desserts. In most cases the preparation is shown in "real time".

It's fascinating to re-watch these show with their "retro look". Child was much thinner than in her later years. (All that "tasting") and the shows are in black and white. (It's interesting to hear her discuss how the chicken or onions are "browning" when it's just another shade of gray on your tv!). And things were simpler then. She adds "Oil" to the pan; not EVOO, just oil. And she uses a lot less flour than modern day shows. One thing that may make a few of these recipes harder to follow exactly is that General Electric provided the cooking "tools" so - for the Coq au Vin, for instance, Child uses an electric frying pan and gives you frying pan temps. (Have you seen an electric frying pan lately?).

It might have been nice to include the recipes on a sheet in the DVD case (none there) but these are available on line via Google I'm sure.

I remember the show fondly and enjoyed watching these. Now to get myself encouraged to actually try to make these courses.

I hope you found this review both informative and helpful.

Steve Ramm
"Anything Phonographic"
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By DodgyUSA on July 26, 2013
All B&W episodes from the 1960s.

This is what is on the DVD.

Starter
- French Onion Soup

Entrée
- Coq au Vin
- Quiche Lorraine

Desserts
- Chocolate Mousse
- French Crêpes II (Crepes with Orange-Butter and Almonds; Crêpes with Apples and Macaroons; Crêpes Suzette)
- French Tarts, Apple Style
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By KW on November 27, 2012
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This is a great value for those new to Julia or for buyers for all her other DVD's as I am. There is only one episode repeat (Quiche Show). Recipe's may repeat, but were in subsequent years. Well worth the price drop from original release to $8.95 at this point in time.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Niruobas on September 22, 2012
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How can we not be satisfied with Julia Child,I learn so much with her and still do, with her books and video it is so easy to do what she took so much time to teach us.She is unique.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. Zook on April 9, 2013
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I love the old black-and-white episodes; there's a special magic there. A gem for Julia Child fans like myself. You can't go wrong here.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By F. Waidelich on March 26, 2013
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First saw Julia on TV many years ago when these episodes were first aired. She is funny, knows her French food, and can really draw you in to cooking in the French way. These episodes are some of the best. You have to understand though that they aren't of the quality we expect from today's shows but that's what makes them so appealing, in my opinion.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By diane on March 19, 2013
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I highly recommend Julia's DVD "French Chef" to anyone who would like to become a better cook, it's easy to follow and timeless.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ChrispyCreamy on February 26, 2013
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I've been a fan of Julia Child since I was a kid and my mom used to watch these shows on PBS when they were first aired. The quality of the video seems good, it is amazing that she did all of this live. Julia was so not Food Network material and sadly she would never have gotten a show in this day and age of Bobby Flay and EVOO Rachel Ray!
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