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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 gave this as a gift to a friend who is a huge fan of Jacques Pepin and he loved it!Published 1 month ago by Danette M. Emoto
Not too many recipes. I expected more interesting recipes from this two mastersPublished 5 months ago by Noem
My husband loved his Father's Day gift! The only drawback for me is that I have hearing loss and the set is not closed-captioned. But the audio quality is very good. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Lynda Walters
Jacques and Julia make the perfect pair. His (somewhat) rigidness works well with her more playful approach to cooking. Read morePublished 5 months ago by acrossthenorthernsea
Gift for a relative whose copy went missing -big sigh of relief when she opened the package!!!Published 6 months ago by Janey S