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Jacques Pepin: The Essential Pepin (2011)

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  • Actors: Jacques Pepin
  • Directors: n, a
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, 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 (DIRECT)
  • DVD Release Date: October 4, 2011
  • Run Time: 780 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0056031UU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #34,916 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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A new HD cooking series with Jacques Pépin, featuring whole episodes based on subjects such as poultry, shellfish, soup, fruit desserts and easy recipes that are practical for the home chef.

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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful
By Iceman
Julia Child and Jacques Pepin have done more for the home chef than any other duo in history. Jacques continues his quest in teaching the world how to properly cook food and have fun doing it.

What bothers me with many tv chefs nowadays, is that they haven't even gone to culinary school! To see some using canned items and pre made sauces makes me sick. Jacques still teaches and is considered an icon in teaching proper cooking skills and he continues to give people inside tips that some chefs pay thousands to learn.

I have to be honest; I really didn't enjoy the fast food my way series. It was fun to watch him cook but I just didn't enjoy the food he made. In this series he goes back to creating incredible meals showing us that with proper techniques and practice, we too can attempt these at home.

In this video he teaches us how to make basic recipes that can be used in so many ways. Items such as how to make proper pastry cream and how to use meringue for different types of desserts are shown. He also shows us how to cook proper fish and seafood recipes and the importance of a good stock and how to create it. His love for meat is obvious and his hearty recipes for beef tongue, lamb, and beef are so good it's hard not to cook these recipes on the spot.

His petit choux (cream puff) recipe is still the best I've ever seen and I now make it all the time and teach others to do the same. He shows people how to make a baked alaskan with ease and no one does a souffle' like Jacques. The way he makes bread is also explained and even though his is so beyond talented, he teaches us in a way that we are not intimidated and the recipe is easy to follow and try.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not 13 Hours February 10, 2013
By Dean
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
First off, Jacques Pépin is undoubtedly a master in the kitchen. I've not seen an episode of him such that I've ever been disappointed. This series is no different. Why only 4 stars then?

Well, 2 disappointments. First, the 'run time' is advertised as 780 minutes (13 hours). That's true but, if you consider 2 hours and 35 minutes of viewing sponsorship promos as run time, then no problem. I don't. The actual time viewing Jacques Pépins' cooking is only 10 hours and 25 minutes. That is quite a difference from the stated 13 hours. I wish Amazon would be more accurate with this description and make the appropriate change.

The second issue is on Disc 3, concerning the series 'Eggs-Quisite'; that 24 minute program simply will not cue. I have 2 DVD players which I've tried to view this program with, and neither one will allow it to run. I suspect it's simply a problem with the stamping of the disc itself, and I'm confident that Amazon will soon have that disc replaced. We'll see.

In summary, the series is very good, but be advised, there are only 10 hours and 25 minutes of Jacques Pépin cooking.

Update: I contacted Amazon concerning a disc replacement. Immediately, a disc was sent to me (with 1-day service!). There is no further issue referencing the disc. One couldn't ask for, or receive better service.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great addition to the Essential Pepin Cookbook March 22, 2012
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I have most of Jacques Pepin's cookbooks and dvd's and this is far and away my favorite so far. The cookbook itself has an amazing variety of recipes and a good percentage are demonstrated on the DVD. One of the things that I really like about the new DVD is that there's a really good mix of recipes - some very easy and some more challenging in terms of techniques and ingredients. Whatever he's making though, Jacques takes the time to explain everything in a very straightforward and easy to understand manner without any pretension. You really get the feeling that the recipes are something that you can recreate at home successfully and all the ones that I've tried so far have been delicious. I even boned a whole chicken, stuffed and roasted it after watching the dvd - something that would be hard to do just reading a recipe in a book but not that intimidating after watching the step by step demonstration. Highly recommend the video and the cookbook to anyone who likes to cook.
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34 of 43 people found the following review helpful
Josh Rode, DVD Verdict --Jacques Pépin has been a staple on public television for years, and was a world-renowned chef for decades before that. You know that saying, "He wrote the book?" Pépin literally did; his book La Technique is used to teach the fundamentals of French cooking. So when he tells you to slice the corn off the cob by using the upper edge of the knife and cutting straight up toward your exposed chest, you can be assured he knows what he's talking about.

Despite his occasional unsafe advice, Pépin gives clear and detailed instructions, and though I was too lazy to go to the store for ingredients, I felt as if I could have made most of the dishes he demonstrated. He is an unassuming, engaging host whose dishes look so good that your mouth will water as you watch, and you will be tempted to try food that you would otherwise never dream of eating. For instance, I don't like seafood, but Pépin's Sea Bass in Shredded Potato Skin, Oysters Madison, and Poached Salmon in Ravigote Sauce look delicious. He spends an episode on offal, which are the parts of the animals you normally wouldn't think to eat, such as intestines and tails and something called sweetbread--which is neither sweet nor, in fact, bread; it's a really disgusting dish made from the thymus gland. But after he was done with it, I was ready to chow down.

Jacques isn't out to entertain so much as teach, so there is nothing flashy about his presentation. Each episode begins with Jacques, by himself or with a guest, pretending to have dinner. If there is a guest, they will exclaim, "This is delicious! How did you make it?" To which Jacques invariably replies, "This is how I made it," and an overview of the recipes he's about to demonstrate runs.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Not the shows I was watching when I bought this.
Published 1 month ago by Margaret Hryczyk
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
I bought it for my friend but they already had it and I couldn't return it.
Published 1 month ago by Janet
5.0 out of 5 stars Yes, YOU can create restaurant quality food at home!
Jacques Pepin has stepped into the large footprints left by Julia Child. Explaining in his wonderful accent, how we can (and I do! Read more
Published 2 months ago by C2015
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good price and quick delivery!!
Published 2 months ago by LobsterBoy
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
The best TV chef out there.
Published 3 months ago by BIZBOPPER
5.0 out of 5 stars Love his shows
Happy cooking!
Published 3 months ago by PATucker
5.0 out of 5 stars Quality Jacques
I have the Jacques and Julia series and decided I had to get this one as well. It doesn't disappoint and is as instructional and easy to follow as you could want.
Published 4 months ago by Loves to Cook
5.0 out of 5 stars Most Excellent!
JP makes everything look so easy ...and here he presents recipes that the rest of us can actually cook! Very entertaining as well. Read more
Published 5 months ago by J. Postell
5.0 out of 5 stars Brings Back Memories of His PBS Show
I really enjoyed watching this series. I've tried a few dishes that I otherwise would not have, but Jacques makes it looks easy and explains everything step-by-step. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Wender
5.0 out of 5 stars Great cooking
I just got the video. It arrived in two days. I watched him cook a roast beef. He makes it look so easy and so good. I can't wait to try it myself.
Published 8 months ago by T. Eastland
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