The French Chef with Julia Child 10 Seasons 1963

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3. The French Chef: Casserole Roast Chicken TV-G CC

The French Chef: Casserole Roast Chicken

Runtime:
29 minutes
Original air date:
January 1, 1963

The French Chef: Casserole Roast Chicken

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Season 1
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Genres Reality TV
Season year 1963
Network PBS
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Customer Reviews

Cooks things that everyone can make.
Blondie55
Cooking shows today are all about how great the chef is, Julia is all about the food and teaching the techniques.
Chris Tealeaves
I watch this show as a child, but had forgotten how great and entertaining Ms. Child was.
Felecia Masoudi

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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on December 10, 2011
Watching the incomparable Julia prepare onion soup in this rebroadcast of her second show, I am humbled by her gift as a teacher. She delivers her lesson in 30 minutes without pause, background music, or cue cards. She intends for her lesson to be viewed by an average audience with a standard "out of the box" kitchen, an audience who desire to be a little more creative with their supermarket fare. This is not cooking as entertainment but for sustenance; not a fancy appliance or utensil in sight. Good food is prepared from the heart with ingredients at hand.
It is Christmas time. I stumbled on this show while shopping on Amazon for another new kitchen gadget. The kitchen shopping is suspended indefinitely for I want what I already have, and the soup will not care if I use my grandmother's ancient iron blade or the latest Henkel's. Thank you, Julia, for reminding me.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Long Island MOM on November 8, 2011
You have to love her unassuming style, she was the one that started it all. I love that she doesn't assume you know anything, and really explains what she is doing. Well worth the watch if you are a lover of cooking.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By nsv TOP 500 REVIEWER on August 18, 2012
Cooking shows these days are perfectly choreographed, tightly controlled and scripted, and very heavily edited. Get rid of all of that and the audience and the 15 camera angles and the extra sets and the music and the sound effects, and you have cooking. And you have The French Chef.

Watching these early episodes is like watching a tightrope walker without a net. Julia stands in her kitchen, bids you welcome, and begins cooking and talking, as though you had just dropped in to visit at the moment when she was about to whip up lunch. She explains everything she does, sometimes in great detail as she waits for food to brown or the pan to heat, sometimes briefly if the cooking is moving a little faster than she expected. If something goes wrong it isn't edited out later. Spilled the cognac? She picks up the bottle and marches on, and later is delighted to discover that enough cognac remains to finish the dish. Poured vermouth into the pot instead of oil? No problem, just add oil to the vermouth.

When unexpected things happen, she does what all of us do when we cook--she deals with it. When the doorbell rings in the middle of cooking, she waves her hand at the door in annoyance and announces that she's not answering that NOW. When she realizes that she's swept crumbs into a plate that she needs, she continues talking, smoothly dumps the crumbs out, and plates the food with a smile.

Half an hour later you are at her table which is groaning with boeuf bourguignon or bouillabaise or half a dozen different omelettes. You know what side dishes and salads will work well with this dish and which wine to serve. And you know every step to take to get there yourself.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By MickeysMommy on December 14, 2011
What a wonderful show. I streamed this in my kitchen and prepared the Beef Bourguignon with Julia. Turned out great. What a fun thing to do. I've now watched a few more episodes. I've been cooking for roughly 30 years and I learn something new with every episode I watch. Julia puts so much detail into everything she does. I was born in the 60's and too young to catch these when they originally aired. Thanks Amazon for offering these to us.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By troysmith on November 13, 2011
Her casual style of teaching makes everything she does seem so accessible/do-able by everyone. It is a great joy to see someone who truly enjoys cooking and showing others her skill. I don't even cook (I eat ramen noodles and take-out), but this makes me want to cook.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A. Luke on November 14, 2013
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First off, it's Julia Child how can you not love it. I love cooking shows but this is now my favorite, why...she uses a whisk instead of a mixer and she tells you why (less to clean, not worth pulling out the mixer). She spills stuff on the burners and they smoke, one show she had a band-aid on her finger. When she plates the food it looks like I did it, not like a master chef with all the cool gadgets did it. My favorite cooking show 'snafu' was when she didn't have a lid for her pot so she grabbed the pie tin that was close by. LOVE IT! Most importantly this is a great show for someone learning how to cook in general. Each show builds upon the next. You learn one skill ( how to chop onions for instance) and on the next show you use that new skill and learn another. This is the best!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By grimsdottir on October 8, 2013
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Even 50 years on, Julia Child offers the experienced cook scads of useful tips and kitchen tricks in every episode. I have been cooking all of my life and spend all of my free time watching cooking shows -- both old and new -- and reading and digesting cookbooks printed over the course of several centuries. When it comes to traditional knowledge regarding the basics of food and food preparation, The French Chef is an invaluable source of technical training for anyone from the novice newlywed to the fast-paced Michelin-rated chef. Even if you do not use Julia's recipes or find her presentation a bit old fashioned, there are still great lessons to be gleaned in each episode with regard to basic measurements, proportions, processes, techniques and sensibility.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By rmkjbg6 on July 21, 2013
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I became obsessed with Julia Child after watching the movie Julie & Julia. While this series is obviously dated, I have learned at least two things each episode I have watched! And I love cooking, but she has tips, tricks or just plain "wow, why did I not know that" tidbits. I imagine that she was a fascinating person to have known.
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