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Julia & Jacques Cooking At Home (2003)

Julia Child , Jacques Pepin , Bruce Franchini  |  NR |  DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (174 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Julia Child, Jacques Pepin
  • Directors: Bruce Franchini
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Collector's Edition, Color, NTSC, Special Edition
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: A La Carte
  • DVD Release Date: May 1, 2003
  • Run Time: 440 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (174 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00009WO95
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #39,257 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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The complete Emmy Award-winning series. 10 hours, 22 Episodes and over 85 recipes. Julia Child and Jacques Pepin join together with fire, fun and culinary genius in what has become another classic hit for public television. Viewers are charmed by the special magic America’s favorite cooking duo conjures up in Julia’s legendary kitchen and enticed by the mouth-watering great food they prepare and enjoy. Julia’s and Jacques’ warmth and conviviality shine through the programs along with their spirit, whimsy and remarkable skills, as they offer techniques, tastes and recipes at the heart of today’s cooking. From Hamburgers and Halibut to Chicken Pot Pie and Artichokes, they reach the hearts of the audience who loves them for their easy camaraderie, step-by-step instructions and great talent.

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173 of 175 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It doesn't get any better than this... February 16, 2004
Format:DVD
(Full disclosure: I'm a Julia Child addict. I grew up "cooking along" with her show in the 1980s by sitting before my aunt's television with empty aluminum bowls and a whisk and clanking in time to Julia's instruction. Twenty-some years later, and I'm still at it...)
I just finished watching all 10 (!) hours of this four-DVD set over several days, and I can wholeheartedly recommend it to anyone who is seriously interested in learning to cook time-tested, delicious meals at home. But be aware: this is old-school bourgeois cookery: roasts, stews, flans and crepe gateaus. This isn't foamed smoked salmon on a bed of organic flower petals or other such nonsense.
Rather, it is gratifying cooking that requires some practice and attention. That's why these DVDs are so great: You can easily play and replay the techniques that are often the most difficult in french cooking. Jacques Pepin debones a duck for an easy stove-top preparation, but if you were watching on PBS, you'd be likely to forget the exact steps and tricks for removing the hip bone or separating the breast from the carcass. It takes a bit of thinking, but if you go out and buy a duck, take it home, and review the DVD as often (and as slowly) as necessary, you will get it right. This is a great leap for home-learning.
These DVDs are a boon for Julia and Jacques's desire to convince America to return to homey, sensible meals, because it makes learning the techiques less forbidding. (I did the "serious amateur's" Saturday cooking classes at the French Culinary Institute in SoHo, where Pepin is a dean, and I especially appreciate the reminders that the DVDs provide; his technique and style is 100% FCI.
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144 of 149 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great reference on gourmet American cooking December 1, 1999
Format:Hardcover
I accidentally bought this book, planned to return it, and now intend to keep it as a handy reference for all the basics of gourmet American food. Every kind of food that belongs on a well-groomed American table is explored in loving detail by both chefs, from salmon gravlax to the perfect omelet to quick stocks and fine chowders, hamburgers, roast chicken and turkey, fish, creme caramels and other simple desserts. There are great tips all over the place, from how to turn out a perfect omelet to seasoning food in stages, as it cooks, so that all the flavors are brightened instead of ending up with a salty, overseasoned dish. You could plan buffets and banquets from this one book, and while you won't be congratulated on the extraordinary originality of the food, both conservative eaters and gourmands will enjoy the quality and simplicity. Therein lies the greatness of Julia and Jaques.
There is a lot of information here, not only on how to cook but also on how Julia and Jacques think and feel about food, in the margins and in the recipes. They don't hesitate to explore their differences of opinion, from seasonings to what to do if you make a mistake. As a weekend gourmet cook, I find this extremely helpful. It has already enhanced my comfort and ease with the food I cook, and that, to me, is worth it.
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107 of 111 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Le French cooking tag-team!!!! February 12, 2006
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Simply wonderful!! That's about how to describe a thoroughly enjoyable way to spend some time with two of the greatest French chefs!!

I have two opinions of this 4-disc set, with the first being the positive; the second opinion I label as OK, not negative, because there are no negatives when you watch these two veterans of classic French cuisine.

To begin with, you have an beautifully filmed series that brings you into the home of the great Julia Child, so you feel very much a welcomed guest. And the grand dame of French cooking has invited Chef Pepin to join her in teaching you the finer points of this marvelous cuisine, so you have much to anticipate for both eyes and palate.

They play off each other as old friends would, and you will be entertained as well as taught. You'll see Julia in a firefighters outfit ready with the extinguisher as she prepares for Jacque to make a flaming dessert or "calling all ducks" with a duck whistle; then you have Jacque in a Julius Caesar ensemble to introduce the namesake salad...............all of it as corny as you can get, and all of it exquisite morsels that hint of the friendship that existed between these two icons. You also cannot help but notice that our Julia has aged, and that makes the friendship between her and Jacque all that more touching. He shows his admiration and his loving respect for her by doing much of the physical work, but do not fret, she is as fiesty as always.
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49 of 50 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars French and American Home Cooking by two Masters May 14, 2004
Format:Hardcover
This book is a companion to a PBS television series on cooking demonstrated by Julia Child and Jaques Pepin where they concentrate on largely French home cooking, with much of the `meat' of the book being created by differences in approach between the two great culinary educators. Julia Child's justly famous `Mastering the Art of French Cooking' and the long series of PBS cooking shows are well known. It may be less well known outside the foodie world that Jaques Pepin is one of the leading authors of professional level books on cooking technique. The best known of these volumes is `La Technique' and `La Methode'. Pepin is also a professional educator in his role as dean at the French Culinary Institute in New York City.
It is probably pure destiny that these two culinary legends should collaborate on one or more projects. Pepin came to the United States in 1959 and almost immediately got a position as a chef at La Pavilion, based on his great good luck of being the chef to the family of Charles DeGaulle while DeGaulle was President of France. Three years later, Julia Child's book was published and Pepin was dumbstruck, as he felt that this is the book he should have written himself. Pepin was lead from the strenuous world of the professional kitchen to a career of writing and teaching when he was seriously injured in an automobile accident and he could no longer spend the long hours of standing.
This volume is a delight to read, even if you prepare none of the recipes in the book. In fact, the recipes tend to take a back seat to the dialogue between the two principles credited with the creation of the book. The book also enjoys one of the best possible support staffs available for culinary literature. Alfred A.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Some of the most helpful cooking techniques to learn
Published 1 day ago by MIchael C. DeMao
5.0 out of 5 stars Two of the greatest chefs of all time collaborate on a masterpiece
Two of the greatest chefs of all time collaborate on a masterpiece. What more could you want. This is an excellent cookbook and a personal favorite.
Published 10 days ago by Michael T. Lawson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Missed some when they aired on Create TV, so now I have them all. Purrrrfect!
Published 18 days ago by Carole R. Ingram
2.0 out of 5 stars great book, condition misrepresented
I received the book that I ordered, HOWEVER, it was listed as being in very good condition, but it was in bad condition. Read more
Published 23 days ago by e. gordon
5.0 out of 5 stars Gave as a gift to a Jaques- and Julia-loving friend
My friend was truly over the moon- this is a great series documenting a priceless friendship and historic culinary talent!
Published 1 month ago by Anne
5.0 out of 5 stars A joint effort by the authors worth reading and using
This is more than a cookbook, although the novice home chef can still use it for the recipes. For one who has read both authors' works, tried many of their recipes and approaches... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Willard
4.0 out of 5 stars I'd hoped for more and better illustrations
I've been watching the TV series and just had to have the book. I'll certainly use it for the recipes but the illustrations are a bit lacking.
Published 2 months ago by Harry
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than expected.
After reading the description I expected some wear and tear. But the condition was way better than I anticipated. It is close to new unopened. Read more
Published 2 months ago by C. J. Aho
5.0 out of 5 stars Of course I love the content of these two favorites!
I like the format of this book - the photos and banter are still frames that compliment the television series.
Published 3 months ago by maria poliner
5.0 out of 5 stars Love Jacques Pepin
I have all the DVDs of Jacques Pepin because we are not getting his TV show here on our Cable TV. So I had to have this too...Julia Child and Jacques are a pair not to miss.
Published 3 months ago by Jeanne Costello
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