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Entertaining, fun, and real in a way that influenced every television cooking program that followed, The French Chef embraced Julia's passion for food and teaching and reflected her joie de vivre: "If I can do it, you can do it...and here's how to do it!"
Now chefs of all ages and abilities can share Julia's love of fine French food and learn to cook some of her most-loved dishes with this special collection of 18 episodes from her original 1960s series, The French Chef. In her signature style and with bloopers intact, Julia demonstrates such classic recipes as boeuf bourguignon from her debut show, salade Nicoise, bouillabaisse a la Marseillaise, mousseline au chocolat, and many more delicious dishes.
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Each DVD contains a couple of printable recipes, and there's also a Julia Biography.
The 18 episodes on the three-disc DVD are:
Starters and Sidedishes
1. The potato show
2. Your own french onion soup
3. Bouilabaisse à la Marseillaise
4. The spinach twins
5. Salad Niçoise
6. French fries
1. Buf Bourguignon
2. To roast a chicken
3. The lobster show
4. To stuff a sausage
5. Tripes à la mode
6. The whole fish story
Baking, Desserts, and other Classics
1. Queen of sheba cake
2. Cheese and wine party
3. Apple dessert
4. Mouse au chocolat
5. The good loaf
6. The omelette show
These episodes show how Child really set the standard for the TV cooking show and invented almost all the conventions we see nowadays from the likes of Paula Deen, Giada DeLaurentiis, and Emeril Lagasse (in his no-audience `Essence of Emeril' shows). It also shows where show creators such as Alton Brown and Rachael Ray have created great shows primarily by breaking out of Julia Child's prototype.
While the contemporary TV culinarians still follow Julia's lead, it is amazing to see how so many of Julia's shows still do a better job with their subject. For starters, you get the full 30 minutes of material per episode. You don't get 22 minutes of material with three interruptions for commercials and promotions. You also get complete shows on a single dish, albeit relatively complicated dishes like the classic `Salade Nicoise'. After four years of watching the Food Network virtually on a daily basis, I recall no show, even from the more classicly oriented hosts such as Martha Stewart or Ina Garten, dealing with a complete composed salad.
The `Salade Nicoise' is composed of at least three major and two or three minor tasks. Making the potato salad alone takes practically half the show.Read more ›
This DVD set is such a treat, and it's about time PBS got off their bums and released these shows! My only gripe (and it's a VERY minor one) is that there is no *Play All* option...you have to play one episode at a time, then it goes back to the menu, and you have to reach for the clicker again. Otherwise, this is a wonderful set.
I hope that this sells very well, so that PBS will want to release more sets. I know that I would buy every single one of them!
To correct a few things that have been written by others:
1) Five of these episodes are in black and white; 13 are in color.
2) The version of "Boeuf Bourguignon" included here is not the first show. That show is lost. Episode 96 is the redo version that still exists.
3) Recipes from black and white episodes are found in the book The French Chef Cookbook. Recipes from the color episodes are found in the book From Julia Child's Kitchen.
4) 134 black and white episodes were made, but some have been lost. This collection is chosen from the 119 existing black and white episodes and the 72 color episodes that were made. Thus, there are a total of 191 existing episodes of The French Chef.
This set of 18 shows leaves me hungry for the other 173! Thank goodness Volume 2 is coming soon!
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She was the Pioneer of cooking on television. If you watch her videos you will see how raw they are and fun.Published 26 days ago by MommaLaura
I watch these episodes with my 3 year old son. We both love them and he says "I'm Julia child" sometimes while playing. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Mrsmoi
There's nobody like Julia Child in the kitchen!! You can actually re-create all of the recipes from the DVD. And, it's very entertaining.Published 8 months ago by Christine Short
I just love this DVD. It was so interesting and funny to see the very early episodes and how they pulled them off. Julia absolutely set the standard for todays cooking shows. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Addi E
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