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The Complete Pepin: Techniques and Recipes


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Product Details

  • Actors: Jacques Pépin
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: PBS
  • DVD Release Date: January 16, 2007
  • Run Time: 408 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000LXHJZA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,340 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

It doesn't matter whether you can make the fanciest gourmet meal if you lack the skills to do something as basic as poach an egg. Once you acquire those basic skills, your culinary repertoire is limited only by your imagination. The Complete Pépin is an entire cooking course on DVD that features dozens of techniques that Jacques has sharpened over his decades in the kitchen.

Customer Reviews

I would hands down recommend this DVD set!
Christina Prevot
If you haven't watched the series then it likely won't matter.
il batard
Thanks Chef Pepin for sharing your techniques and recipes!
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147 of 147 people found the following review helpful By J. Lin on February 21, 2007
Growing up I learned what I know of cooking by watching my mom (a very good cook) prepare meals over the course of years. I've since become a bit of an amateur foodie with aspirations of being able to prepare more complicated dishes at home.

One thing that has always been frustrating, however, is a lack of any formal instruction or technique. So when I bought the book of Pepin's "Complete Techniques" I was eager to learn. Alas, I realized that even with black and white photos accompanying each of the steps, there were a lot of things I simply didn't understand, or could only guess at what was meant.

Cue this DVD set -- I stumbled upon it looking for other editions of the book, and ordered it immediately. Since its arrival a few weeks ago I've watched it many times and I've subjected at least a dozen people to watch at least the omlette-making lesson.

This DVD is far and away the best thing that has happened to my cooking skills in the last ten years. Humans learn by imitation and it's much easier to learn when watching someone actually doing and walking you through the technique than trying to read it out of a book. All the TV shows and specials gloss over the fundamental techniques you need in order to get anywhere. As in all arts, without a good grasp of the basic moves, you'll get hopelessly lost very quickly when you attempt anything beyond the remedial.

I can't recommend this DVD set highly enough if you, like me, have always wanted some kind of cooking "training" but can't make the time to go to a class or take lessons.
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165 of 172 people found the following review helpful By S. Flask on November 30, 2007
i'd like to start by saying that nobody has influenced my cooking more than jacques pepin, save maybe my mother, and i cannot think of one person who is technically more able than he in the kitchen. if you're familiar with his cooking, you know his technique is flawless. After all, he is the man who wrote this book, which makes him the logical choice for a DVD of techniques.

but unfortunately this set of DVD's is not a companion to his book - not even close. what you get here are outtakes from various PBS specials/series, hacked and edited into short clips that show you how to do various tasks in the kitchen. this doesn't sound so bad in theory, but the selection of techniques themselves are not terribly varied - a LOT is left out. as others have mentioned, there is no 'play all' feature, which makes watching all the clips a chore. the menus are poorly laid out, and some of the "content" of this set consists of recipes literally written on the screen - no video of preparation, nothing. it's not that what you see is a poorly explained or performed technique - quite the contrary - it's just that the presentation and the completeness of content is subpar.

in fact, a majority of the techniques found in this set can be seen performed & explained by jacques during the episodes of his Fast Food My Way series, which is also available on DVD. if you purchased that set - or watched it on PBS - you could pick up almost everything contained here, as well as see him prepare a multitude of dishes.
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50 of 51 people found the following review helpful By Steven Dooley on March 9, 2007
This DVD is a reworking of a TV series from the mid-90s that was released on VHS as "Jacques Pepin's Cooking Techniques". Unfortunately, not everything from the original series has been included on the DVD. As stated by other reviewers the presentation format in the DVD is also combersome, with most segments lasting less than five minutes and then returning to the menu.

It would have made a much better product and been less disjointed if they just released on DVD the original series as originally made. Also the DVD features a couple of segements from Jacques' early 90s series "Today's Gourmet". It would be great if KQED would release these on DVD also.

Nevertheless, the DVD does present the basic and most common techniques used in the kitchen, and is useful for anyone who wants to improve their skills as a cook.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By MikeInOhio VINE VOICE on July 2, 2007
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This 2-DVD set is great. Jacques Pepin is an excellent teacher and his experience in the kitchen is evident as you watch him bone a chicken or cook the perfect omelet or mince garlic or whatever! His speed and economy of hand-movement is awe inspiring. It's like watching a musician.

About the way the DVD's are set up - I share the frustration of other reviewers. You can't simply push PLAY and watch everything on the disk. But please don't let that put you off. If you want to improve your cooking skills and learn some new skills too, this is the set to get.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Eddie Haskell on January 8, 2007
Jacques Pepin is a culinary genius and this DVD enables you watch him perform a number of techniques - everything from boning a chicken to making a rabbit out of an olive. If you enjoyed the book, "Complete Techniques," this will be a welcome addition to your library. PBS, however, could have made the DVD much more enjoyable to view by adding some basic features. For example, most of the techniques are rather short (5 minutes or less), yet PBS made this DVD without the ability to "play all." Therefore, you are constantly sent back to the main menu every few minutes. The extra video footage is a bit awkward to navigate through, also. However, Pepin's skill and knowledge of classical French cuisine make up for the faults of PBS. My favorite parts are those listed under "The Art of Jacques Pepin." Here he teaches you how to beautifully garnish your dishes the French way. All in all, this DVD is highly recommended.
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