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Jacques Pepin Fast Food My Way (2005)

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  • Actors: Jacques Pepin
  • Directors: -
  • Format: Multiple Formats, 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: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Janson Media
  • DVD Release Date: July 25, 2005
  • Run Time: 240 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000ALZT5U
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #336,343 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Jacques Pepin, the man who taught millions of Americans how to cook, shares the techniques he honed in the most famous kitchens of the world to show you how to create simple, special meals in minutes.

This 4-hour, 2-disc DVD set, adapted from the new PBS series, pays tribute to a very simple cuisine, with recipes that require little work and fit nicely into the fast-paced lifestyles of today. Use the interactivity of the DVD format to learn how to create 8 complete menus -- 30 great-tasting dishes -- all special enough for company, yet easy enough for those weekday evenings when you have no time. Easy and fast can still be deliciously elegant -- with Jacques Pepin Fast Food My Way.

Disc 1

Lesson 1:
• thirty minute cassoulet
• zucchini & tomato salad
• smoked salmon timbales
• orange & cream cheese

Lesson 2:
• mock tiramisu
• smoked trout salad with horseradish cream
• chicken breast on mashed cauliflower with red hot salsa

Lesson 3:
• salmon tartare on cauliflower salad
• chickpea ragout
• breaded pork scaloppine with mushroom sauce
• caramelized peaches

Lesson 4:
• pasta, ham & vegetable gratin
• romaine & radicchio with salsa dressing
• crab cakes in red sauce
• big almond macaroons with apricot filling

Disc 2

Lesson 5:
• egg & tomato gratin
• stuffed scallops on mushroom rice
• greens with quick cream dressing
• pineapple wedges in caramel

Lesson 6:
• sausage & potato packets
• devil shrimp
• mushroom & walnut salad in sour cream dressing
• apple peel granite with apple puree

Lesson 7:
• asparagus custards
• slow-cooked tuna steaks with tomato relish
• apple skillet cake

Lesson 8:
• tomato tartare with tomato water sauce
• rigatoni & mussels with saffron
• puree of peas with mint & cilantro
• strawberry shortbread panachee


...watching this grand chef whip up elegant fast food his way is exciting, and it s perfect for people with a FedEx-lifestyle. Recommended. Three Stars. --Video Librarian

The editors of Southwest Airlines inflight magazine Spirit have voted Jacques Pepin the Best Television Chef from a Top Ten list which included Emeril Lagasse, G. Garvin, Lidia Bastianinch, Wolfgang Puck, Tina Nordstrom, Mario Batali, Alton Brown, Ming Tsai and Rachael Ray. Spirit said His french-inspired recipes are always solid, and he s one of the best technique teachers on television. There s something to be said for watching a cooking demonstration versus reading a recipe in a book. For one thing, we live in the television/computer world and most of us are used to learning from watching, not from reading. Plus, when demonstrating a dish, a chef will often share tips that would probably never make it into a cookbook...Three volumes of Jacques Pépin Fast Food My Way demonstrates how to create deliciously elegant meals in minutes. --American Fitness Magazine

I have to admit I had never heard of Jacques Pépin before reviewing this DVD, but he s a dab hand at preparing and presenting his meals with a lot of energy and personality. I never really had a passion for cooking, but watching these lessons and trying out one myself turned out to be a whole lot of fun. As a matter of fact, I m gearing up right now to go to the store and get the ingredients for my next menu. Bon appétit!

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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great stuff but: The audio is terrible February 26, 2008
Jacques Pepin is a hero of mine and one of the very best TV chefs ever. And this series is nothing short of brilliant.

But the audio quality on the discs is simply terrible. I am dumbfounded that no one fixed this before they were released. The sound is so "hot" that everything buzzes, even the lilting organ music that used to make me so wistful while I was watching the show in its original run on PBS.

You can fiddle with your dials to make it bearable, barely. But what a shame. Jacques deserves so much better.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great cooking shows - you will learn a lot December 25, 2009
By kalyson
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I loved these cooking videos. It is amazing how much you can learn when someone like Jacques Pepin is the teacher. Unlike some cooking shows, almost all of the steps are shown here, with clear explanations of each step. I am learning techniques like how to hold the knife, how to chop vegetables different ways, how to coordinate different activities in meal preparation, etc., aside from just the recipes themselves.

I prefer these videos over the ones by Emeril Lagasse (Mr. Bam!) because these are more calm, less frenetic, and I learn more. I don't buy cooking videos to be entertained, I buy them so I can learn about cooking. With this series, I am learning a great deal.

The recipes are also found in the book that accompanies this DVD series:
The book has the same title as this series "Fast Food My Way" by Jacques Pepin. On Amazon the book is searchable online and you can see the recipes and menus that are presented.

It is true that the sound quality is not perfect -- I am watching the show on my computer and turn the volume down somewhat to compensate. It sounds all right that way and does not buzz.

Some of the recipes have shortcuts I don't know that I would take, since I don't really look for fast cooking in general. I like to cook more complex recipes at home, and some ingredients like canned peaches I would probably avoid. But this is a matter of personal preference. I did not gravitate towards this series because the recipes were fast (and they are), but because I like learning new techniques and like Mr. Pepin's style of teaching. Many of the recipes are very good, though, even though they are pretty streamlined.

I would recommend the book to beginning and intermediate cooks, or anyone who enjoys watching good cooking shows and wants ideas for quick meals to prepare.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great- but need the whole season April 20, 2006
I am a JP junkie, 1st qualite. The CD set is as lovely as the show, and everyone knows what a great educator JP is- so why didnt they give us the whole season?

But the 8 episodes here are representative of his by the way style- for instance, in the sausage and potato packet in Episode 8, he shows you how to make your own quick mustard. Ditto for how to peel/chop and puree garlic. How to do risotto correctly, and how to identify what has made it go wrong for you in the past. all little secrets not to be known unless you see the show. These little tidbits are ladled heavily throughout the DVD set. In other episodes that I have on vhs (that I taped myself throughout the season) he talks about using a broken china dish to sharpen knives, - unfortunately I dont think this tidbit made it to the DVD.

The sound is a bit rough- on my set, Jacques' mic was not turned off when suddenly steam overwhelms it (producing a brushing sound on the audio). But he is so great, and the show is so helpful, with practical info I had to rate it a 5 star.

Get this DVD- you will NOT be disappointed!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Adapted from the new PBS series, Fast Food My Way is a 2-disc DVD set featuring the talents of Jacques Pepin, who demonstrates 8 easy lessons for preparing simple, nutritious, and elegant cuisine, the preparation of which can easily mesh with fast-paced lifestyles. Each lesson is a full menu, for a total of 30 delicious dishes, from Zucchini & Tomato Salad, to Crab Cakes in Red Sauce, to Stuffed Scallops on Mushroom Rice, Apple Skillet Cake, and so much more. A mouth-watering delicious and easy-to-follow introduction to the simple and fun joy of healthy cooking. Approx. 4 hours, color.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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First of all, the full season of this terrific program is NOT included on these DVDs. If you're okay with that (as I was) then keep reading.

Jacques Pépin, (along with the late Julia Child), has been in the cooking show business since before the producers of The Food Network were out of their diapers. He's also been cooking since he was a child while his father served in the World War Two French Resistance while his lovely mother operated one restaurant after another, each becoming bigger and better than the previous one.

Jacques enhanced his knowledge and his career by working in the best of European restaurants and subsequently coming to America where he turned down the Kennedys for the head chef's job at The White House to go to work for Howard Johnson. You can read all the details in: The Apprentice: My Life in the Kitchen.

This master chef's most recent series (I'm also including Jacques Pepin: More Fast Food My Way in that statement) is the best I've ever seen and I've been cooking and watching cooking shows my entire life. From my view, the only other programs which come close were The Frugal Gourmet's [Jeff Smith] PBS show and also the more recently produced programs featuring Julia Child, some of which include Jacques Pépin.

In the series under review here, you get two discs (200 minutes total time) which include eight lessons (programs) -- there are usually four dishes featured during each 1/2-hour program. In addition to the recipes themselves Jacques focuses quite a lot on culinary techniques and table presentation.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic lives forever.
This is classic Pepin as he was. A great teacher, I learned so much from his demos on technique and how to execute them with elegance. Read more
Published 24 days ago by Ericson1149
4.0 out of 5 stars no complaints here to complain about & do recommend to anyone complaints here to complain about & do recommend to anyone... ;)
Published 24 days ago by HartOtex
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Jacques renewed my interest in cooking again.
Published 1 month ago by Christine
5.0 out of 5 stars FAST FOOD MY WAY - Pepin
This book was a gift for my mother, becsause she enjoyed reading mine so much! I have already written another more lengthy review on this. I would recommend the book to everyone. Read more
Published 4 months ago by B. Sanko
1.0 out of 5 stars Set was missing one disc.
Love the series. My favorite TV chef of all time. Too bad I received double copies of the first disc, and no second disc. If not for this, would warrant a solid rating. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Nate C
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Start
Jacques Pepin is fantastic at making anyone feel comfortable with trying new techniques in the kitchen. Read more
Published 7 months ago by donna quick
5.0 out of 5 stars learn to cook good food that is easy to make
If you can't learn to cook from these videos maybe you should just make reservations. They are infomative, easy to follow and things that are fun to eat
Thank you Jaques for... Read more
Published 14 months ago by jl
5.0 out of 5 stars Great techniques, great recipes, great results
Great techniques, great recipes, great results. Years of French cooking experience summarized in very short and practical recipes. Just fantastic.
Published 15 months ago by Pato
3.0 out of 5 stars Jacques is 5 star, but these DVDs aren't
I love Jacques and own a lot of classic cooking DVDs, but these DVDs aren't great. As several other reviewers mentioned, the audio is lousy on many episodes. Read more
Published 22 months ago by L. E. Jockimo
5.0 out of 5 stars Volume One of a Great Series!
This is Volume One of the DVD collection to accompany the excellent PBS series Fast Food My Way by Jacques Pepin. Read more
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