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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.
This book is as fun to read as the show is to watch. Julia and Jacques have a lot of charisma.Published 12 days 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 15 days 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 22 days ago by COG
Who doesn't love Julia and Jacques. Been wanting the book for a long time. I bought it used and was not disappointed.Published 1 month ago by Pam Fryjoff
Bought this dvd collection of the classic series as a gift. Wish I owned it myself. Many great dishes featured, my favorites are probably the stuffed cabbage and the braised meats. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Nightwatcher
It doesn’t get better than Julia and Jacques. This series is great fun to watch—a heartwarming rapport, humor, good-natured teasing (black versus white pepper, garlic or no... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Dave
I bought this DVD for my brother. He has several of Julia and Jacques DVD's. He is a wonderful cook and very entertaining to watch. Julia has always been a favorite of mine. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Roseann Ilstrup
My mother has always liked watching Julia Child's cooking shows, so I knew this would be the perfect present. She was so excited when she opened it! Read morePublished 2 months ago by Marie
I already have this book, which I refer to all the time. I bought this for my daughter as a gift. I know that she will live it. The book was in perfect condition.Published 2 months ago by Paul A. Hurd