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A 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.From easy to elegant, Essential Pépin shares more than 125 recipes culled from Jacques Pépin s legendary career. In the 26-episode series, Jacques demonstrates, with his usual ease and flair, dishes ranging from classical Escoffier Quenelles to homey Braised Beef in Red Wine, to nouvelle Nage Courte of Striped Bass, and simple Chicken with Tarragon Butter. Jacques cooks what he loves and mouth-watering treats include Basic French Fries, Soda Bread, homey Tomatoes Maison, and Brioche. Desserts range from uncomplicated Quick Almond Plum Cake and fast Chocolate Truffettes to the ultimate... a perfect Apricot and Pistachio Soufflé. It s no wonder that Julia Child called Jacques "the best chef in America." Each show is featured, in its entirety on this three-disc set Essential Pepin Show Descriptions (in air order)... 101 Savory Staples 102 Fabulous Fins 103 Sweets For My Sweet 104 Veg-In! 105 Fine Finishes 106 Special Spuds 107 Economical Offal 108 Cozy Carbs 109 Classic Conclusions 110 Easy and Elegant Seafood 111 Cattle Call 112 Fruite Fete 113 Vegetable Bounty 114 Family Favorites 115 All Puffed Up 116 Shell-ebration 117 Rollin' In Dough 118 Egg-ceptional 119 Game Day 120 Souper Soups for Supper 121 Light as Air 122 Good Catch! 123 Eggs-Quisite 124 Sweet Endings 125 Ocean Options 126 Fowl Play Includes insert with recipe index

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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 (52 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0056031UU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #29,827 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Customer Reviews

I love the simple way Jacques Pepin cooks and explain the recipes.
Vinni L.
The television aspect ratio has been stretched out for widescreen viewing, and the picture is clear and sharp.
DVD Verdict
I think it is the simple techniques he uses that makes them so easy to duplicate.
Flec Gildersleeve

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

43 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Iceman on April 29, 2012
Format: DVD
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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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Dean on February 10, 2013
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 By Jeffrey Howe on 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 By DVD Verdict on October 30, 2011
Format: DVD
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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