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The French Chef With Julia Child 2 (2005)

Julia Child  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: Julia Child
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: PBS
  • DVD Release Date: November 22, 2005
  • Run Time: 30 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000BKDO7A
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,150 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The French Chef With Julia Child 2" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

A regular program on WGBH Boston from 1963 to 1972, The French Chef is perhaps best known for its down-to-earth hostess Julia Child with her dry wit and practical approach to "fancy" French cooking. Eighteen classic programs, in black and white and color, feature the ever-practical Julia Child educating viewers in everything from starters and side dishes like braised spinach, shirred eggs, and hollandaise sauce, to main courses like seafood crêpes and braised goose, to breads and desserts like croissants and the exotic gâteau in a cage. Julia Child leads viewers step-by-step through each recipe, imploring budding chefs to use their fingers and hands, let go of their fear of failure, avoid a sense of panic and maintain a sense of humor so that neither the cook nor the soufflé collapses. Helpful tips include advice about preparing dishes ahead of time, how to save a recipe gone awry, and an ever-present sense of humor that includes a waving goose and more than a few chuckles from Julia Child at her own inevitable bloopers. While current recommendations about food safety may necessitate altering some suggestions like defrosting a goose in the sink for 4 hours and modern dietary guidelines might frown upon the use of pork back fat in a terrine or pâté, the majority of these recipes can easily be prepared without alteration today. If you love French food and want to learn how to prepare it yourself, join Julia Child for 18 lessons that are sure to have you cooking up exotic dishes in no time. --Tami Horiuchi

Product Description

Prepare to enjoy eighteen of Julia Child’s kitchen classics in a sumptuous second collection from her pioneering cooking show, The French Chef.

The French Chef was a cooking series unlike anything yet seen on TV. Warm and exuberant, Julia was a natural television star, whether scooping up a spilled potato pancake or coaxing a reluctant soufflé, Julia was not afraid of making mistakes. Soon a nation fed on Shake n’ Bake and Tang would be experimenting with quiche Lorraine and boeuf bourguignon and cooking would become a national pastime.

This special collection presents 18 episodes from her groundbreaking series. In her signature style and with bloopers intact, Julia demonstrates such classic recipes as crêpes suzette, omelette gratinée, pâté de campagne, bûche de Noël and many more.

Bon appetit!

Disc 1 – Starters, Sauces and Sides Cooking Vegetables, Vegetable Adventures, Elegance with Eggs, More about Potatoes, Terrines and Patés, The Hollandaise Family

Disc 2 - Main Courses French Crepes I, Cooking Your Goose, Roast Suckling Pig, Fish in Monk's Clothing, Cheese Souffle, Sole Bonne Femme

Disc 3 – Breads and Desserts French Crepes II, Buche De Noel, Croissants, Gateau in a Cage, French Bread, VIP Cake: Le Prantome

Customer Reviews

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168 of 171 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Magnifique!!! December 28, 2005
Verified Purchase my French vocabulary isn't that good, but this DVD sure is something to behold!! LOVE LOVE LOVE this visual Julia library!

I dream of the title of "chef" and there is no greater role model than Ms. Child. She is THE hero upon which all other chefs have made their fame in culinary history. Her style, her incredible deadpan humor, and her encouragement to learn one of the greatest cuisines, make for a thoroughly enjoyable DVD.

The series began in 1962 and initially the public did not know what to make of this rather tall and quirky woman who dared to teach us the culinary world of French cooking. To many, France was the only place that had the ability to cook as such. But Ms. Child removed the mysteries and overwhelming sense of details that one felt was needed to produce French masterpieces.

You feel that you are in her kitchen and that she is speaking just to you. She has no airs about her, no pretensions, just a very earnest interest in showing you the incredibe world of flavor courtesy of our French neighbors.

You also need to take into account that this was the first real TV cooking series and that it was the start of the 60's; so much history was just beginning during that decade. So what was she going to teach us in the midst of this turbulence? Well, an awful lot.

There are 3 dics within this particular DVD. The first section is named "Starters and Side Dishes"; it covers:
1. Vegetable: The French Way
2. Vegetable Adventures
3. Elegance with Eggs
4. More About Potatoes
5. Terrines and Pates
6. The Hollandaise Family

The second section is "Main Courses":
1. French Crepes I
2. Cooking Your Goose
3. Roast Suckling Pig
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57 of 58 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not Just Nostalgia -- Useful November 16, 2007
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This is a culinary time capsule. I was one year old when The French Chef debuted on TV, and yet tonight I made the creamed spinach featured in the series, and not only was it simple, economical, and DELICIOUS (truly, like something I might have had in a restaurant), but it also used just a tiny bit of butter and a tiny amount of cream, and the rest was stuff you'd have on hand (plus the spinach).

This is an EXCELLENT way to be cooking (perfectly Atkins even). I topped it off with two poached eggs, just as Julia suggested, and that was dinner.

So many recipes today require lots of ingredients and you end up using only a portion of what you have to buy (usually only to find the recipe wasn't well written, could have been improved, and wasn't all that worthwhile). This is truly real-world and economical cooking, and even better than that, what you learn cooking one thing (in which you've learned a simple little technique and dish to add to your repertoire) transfers to cooking other things, and before you know it you're a good cook and INSPIRED cook, not having to stick slavishly to someone else's recipe, but just cooking based on experience.

There's excellent kitchen wisdom in this series to go along with the nostalgia, and I'm looking forward to trying more -- tomorrow for lunch, in fact.

It was also fun to hear Julia say things like that you could pick up a French omelette pan for $2.
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The French Chef 1 & 2 January 21, 2008
By Red Owl
I have been waiting for years for these DVDs to appear. Julia Child was an amazing woman who inspired me as a young bride to cook. She was, in addition to being a superb chef, a wonderful teacher. Her techniques and the recipes stand the test of time. My daughter, an excellent cook in her own right, has heard me talk about Julia Child and now she has her own copies of both DVDs. My daughter had watched Julia Child as a guest on television shows but now that she has actually seen the "Master Chef" in action she appreciates why I have been in love with Julia Child for so long. Julia Child goes back to the basics of cooking, showing the techniques that you have to master to become a really good cook.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Totally Enjoyable September 29, 2009
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In an era when "inspired" American cooks were using unthickened Campbell's mushroom soup as a sauce, Julia Child was teaching viewers how to make the crayfish butter to bind the sauce for écrevisses à la Nantua.

This wonderful series, only slightly dated by the occasional reference to the difficulty of finding certain ingredients, like shallots, which have now become commonplace, still provides an excellent demonstration of techniques and recipes. And Julia's casual style and enthusiasm are irresistible.

My only complaint with this and the companion volume is that some fool decided to arrange the episodes by type of dish rather than chronologically. Hence, one misses the nostalgia of seeing the development and gradual improvement of all aspects of the show. In spite of that flaw, this a set to treasure.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
wife loves this
Published 21 days ago by Mark Bernas
5.0 out of 5 stars So great to have this series on DVD!
So great to have this series on DVD! I've watched her since the early days and learned quite a bit about cooking from Julia. She even got me to eat vegetables!
Published 1 month ago by Raymond F. Barrett
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational
After watching the movie Julie Julia I got the DVD's and plan on making this challenge myself. I got both her original books and very easy reads. The DVD's are fabulous... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Beth
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Love thes Julia Child DVD's. VERY nice to have it on DVD vs VHS. Just skip over to the item you want to watch, nice chapter and titles on everything. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Jerry M. Hoffman
5.0 out of 5 stars Got what I expected.
Gave the DVDs as a gift to my son-in-law. It was on his wish list. Watched a few episodes. Good re-play quality. Would buy again.
Published 4 months ago by Peter A. Letzmann
5.0 out of 5 stars The kids had fun!
Ordered this as a gift for a friend who teaches French (as did I) to teenagers. I had used it in classroom presentations on French food, and had told her about it. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Lovestoast!
5.0 out of 5 stars A Gift that returns
Bought it for my wife and I get the real gift, great meals. I learned something to do different when I cook too.
Published 8 months ago by Trunk
5.0 out of 5 stars How can you not love Julia
Julia is great. I am sure if you are thinking about buying these DVDs, you already know that.

This set is a nice selection of some of her episodes. Read more
Published 9 months ago by RachoftheJungle
5.0 out of 5 stars Julia Child at her most entertaining...
These original Julia Child cooking programs are a HOOT! They are laugh out loud funny. I can't remember having a more fun time learning to cook than when I watched these videos. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Honest Abe
5.0 out of 5 stars A great laugh and we are learning a LOT
This is a cooking school on DVD. She was such great fun, and she lasted so many years. the course starts in black and white and after a while goes to early color. Read more
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