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What's most important here--and it shows up in the cookbook--is that there is no one way to cook. The point of the book isn't to follow recipes, but to cook from the suggestions. And Julia and Jacques have many, many suggestions when it comes to home cooking in the French style. And many tips, for that matter.
Take chicken, for example. "Not everything I do with my roast chicken is necessarily scientific," Julia says. "For instance, I always give my bird a generous butter massage before I put it in the oven. Why? Because I think the chicken likes it--and, more important, I like to give it." Julia sets her chicken on a V-rack in a roasting pan in a 425-degree oven that she then turns down to 350 after 15 minutes. Jacques roasts his bird at 425, on its side, right in the pan. "To me," he says, "it's very important to place the chicken on its side for all but 10 minutes of roasting." After 25 minutes he turns his chicken over, careful not to tear the skin, and lowers the heat to 400. The bird finishes breast-side up for the last 15 to 20 minutes.
This book is divided into chapters on appetizers, soups, eggs, salads and sandwiches, potatoes, vegetables, fish, poultry, meats, and desserts. The she said-he said format works throughout, and a lot of what's said you may realize you have heard before. There are no big surprises here. But it's good fun, a decent reminder of some of the classics of French tradition, and a chance to loosen up and simply cook at home with a couple of masters--one to the right of you, one to the left. You decide which hamburger's the right one for you. --Schuyler Ingle --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.
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 days ago by Jeanne Costello
I have only seen a couple of the Julia and Jacques videos, which those were stellar. This book appears to be fashioned after the TV show. Read morePublished 10 days ago by Wok lover
The pictures are wonderful as are the different perspectives on how to do good cooking! There is a wide range of recipes that will benefit both the beginner and the more seasoned... Read morePublished 1 month ago by B.C. Smith
Absolutely the best learning experience! So well written, very easy to learn as you go! Best book ever! Next to "Baking with Julia!"Published 1 month ago by J. Jacobs
A wonderful and sometimes humorous look into Julia's kitchen as Jacques joins. I highly recommend this cookbook for anyone who loves to smile in the kitchen as much as they love... Read morePublished 1 month ago by LeAnne Feagin
There are two versions of recipes ,one the way Julia would do it then Jacques way .Explains their different techniques .
Details all the recipes in the PBS program. Read more
This book is as fun to read as the show is to watch. Julia and Jacques have a lot of charisma.Published 1 month ago by Patsy Warmack
Love the easy relationship between Jacques & Julia, it makes me giggle every time Julia calls him "Jack" Great tips on shortcuts & when you can pre prep certain portions... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Alison Gersch
The first disc list 7 shows but after episode 4 (Salads) it reverts back to the beginning. We are unable to watch the last 3 segments listed on this disc. Read morePublished 2 months ago by COG