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The Way To Cook DVD (2009)

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  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Studio: Knopf
  • DVD Release Date: December 8, 2009
  • Run Time: 360 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 0307593908
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #46,274 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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At last on DVD—Julia’s invaluable series of cooking lessons designed to bring her right into your own kitchen to teach you the fundamentals of good cooking

Here is the six-part series (complete with recipe booklet), originally produced in 1985,
in which Julia teaches you all the fundamentals of good cooking and offers a wealth of her favorite recipes.

POULTRY includes the perfect chicken sauté with variations, classic coq au vin, ways with chicken breasts, butterflied grilled birds, roast turkey, and a special duck.
MEAT: Quick and easy sautéed steaks, hamburgers, pork chops, aromatic stews, a crusty hash, grilled pork, and majestic beef and lamb roasts.
VEGETABLES: How best to cook twenty of your favorite vegetables, plus gratins, stuffed delights, eggplant pizza, and risotto.
SOUPS, SALADS, AND BREAD: The three master soup stocks and improvisations, a French onion soup and a Mediterranean fish soup, tossed and composed salads, plus how to make your own French bread.
FISH AND EGGS: Selecting fish and shellfish; broiling, sautéing, and oven-poaching fish; plus the miraculous egg—alone or in omelettes, custards, quiche, sauces, and a spectacular soufflé.
FIRST COURSES AND DESSERTS: Patés and fish mousse, tart crusts and crepes with savory and with sweet fillings, two master cakes, and a Tipsy Trifle.

From deglazing a sauce and degreasing a stock to thickening a soup and unmolding a timbale, all the important techniques that make for good cooking are here. Now, at the press of a button, you have instant access to whatever recipe or information you need. Watch Julia do it and you’ll be empowered. Bon appétit!

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104 of 107 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another JC must-have for the home cook December 19, 2009
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I think it's great that the popularity of a recent film (Julie & Julia) has once again brought Julia Child into the spotlight. When this series first aired in the mid 80's, I remember watching it to learn the essentials of food preparation and short cuts. The very day I found out it was available, I immediately preordered.

This two DVD set comes with an instructional booklet. On the first, you will find Poultry, Meats and Vegetables. On the second, Soups, Salads and Bread, Fish and Eggs, and First Courses and Desserts. Both DVDs are well chaptered, so if you just want to watch one particular sub-chapter, you don't have to sift through an entire topic in order to do so. As always, Julia is instructive, professional and completely enthusiastic. Buy this now (together with the companion book The Way to Cook) and, if you haven't already, also get the newly released Baking With Julia
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37 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Like a Master Class, only for beginners...BRILLIANT!! January 7, 2010
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Only Julia Child could present a Master Class in cooking French cuisine and yet gear it completely towards novice cooks. Her pleasant style and delivery, coupled with her down to earth manner make even cooking duck and soufflés possible. I purchased it as a companion to one of her cookbooks and am happy that I did. Having Julia herself walk me through some of the cooking techniques has been invaluable. If you are considering this DVD, don't hesitate, Julia is pure genius and this "video cookbook" is worth its weight in gold.
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33 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More practical than "Mastering the Art ..." January 3, 2010
What with Meryl Streep portraying her in a movie and all, Julia's books and series are getting a monster tidal wave of fresh attention. I wonder how many youngsters (Food Network viewers) will purchase or have purchased for them the classic "Mastering the Art of French Cooking" and find it completely overwhelming and not necessarily useful for everyday cooking?

I had few cooking skills in the mid 1980s when this book and DVD came out, and I relied on recipes from Fannie Farmer, supermarket recipe cards, and women's magazines. This series elevated my cooking for good. It is French influenced, but simplified in some cases, and there are variations on most recipes which is really useful if you don't have time to run to the supermarket. I have had many variation cookbooks and this is the best. I have not used the dessert section too much (I prefer Pierre Franey for this--fruit salad with Grand Marnier!), but the bread, meat, and veg sections are the best. I recommend ham steaks with peas and mashed potatoes and cornish game hen broiled w/cheese.

I am so pleased this is out on DVD. I gathered up the video tapes one-by-one on ebay and this is definitely more affordable!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars There are better Julia DVDs April 21, 2010
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If you need to hone your kitchen skills, or are looking for some delicious easy recipes, then this is for you. It is full of concise, easy to follow demonstrations by Julia Child for all kinds of techniques and recipes. The DVD is indexed so you can find what you are looking for without having to watch the whole thing.

The big drawback is that the presentation comes off dry and educational. You lose the entertaining banter and bloopers that "The French Chef" is known for. If this is your first Julia Child DVD, I would instead recommend a 3 DVD collection which includes 12 favorite "The French Chef" episodes and a biography on Julia Child.Julia Child! - The French Chef
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
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I just watched the first DVD on poultry and meat of this set and can understand why Julia Child is such a huge hit. She shows you how to take everyday grocery items and easily turn them into delicious entrees. I also bought the cook book set: Mastering the Art of French Cooking (2 Volume Set). It may turn out that all I need is this DVD, which by the way includes a recipe booklet for every recipe shown on the video. The video is very well organized and can teach even a complete novice how to make some splendid dishes. I'll start with the video and work my way into the two volume cookbook. I grew up with Julia Child but never watched her show with any regularity. I, like many others, watched the movie Julie and Julia and my interest got sparked. I notice the two volume cookbook set has crept up in price since I bought it. I'll bet before the movie I could have gotten it for half the price. That's fine though. With this DVD, I'll just place my laptop on a kitchen counter and follow the easy step by step instructions.

What has been abundantly clear to thousands of people for years is that Julia Child knows how to cook. With this DVD what now also becomes abundantly clear is that she is every bit as excellent as a cooking teacher as she is a cook. To cook well is one thing. To teach well is something entirely different. Julia Child deserves to go down in history as she has and will continue to.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Basic and Wonderful! December 17, 2010
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The first time I saw this video, I had checked it out from the library. Watching, I found it a masterwork in simplicity and decided to buy it. Not only does Julia teach the viewer how to cook (even without a recipe in most instances, except for the fancier desserts), but she has the DVD indexed in such a wonderful way that it's very easy to go immediately to the lesson you want. She presents a basic recipe and then variations on the basic. It is not entertainment, but a pleasant, essentially timeless (unless ingredients disappear for environmental reasons) cooking school with only the extended cooking periods removed.

One thing dates it: she encourages the viewer to taste for seasoning in two places, I believe, (1) when she has mixed it with raw meat and (2) when she has prepared a stuffing with raw egg. Since the 1980s, we've seen enough salmonella and e-coli outbreaks to be wary of this practice.

And finally, there was only one recipe offered that I found a little disappointing: the French bread. She doesn't use a biga or poolish to develop the complexity of flavor through pre-fermentation.

This is really a fine little cooking school, and I highly recommend it to both beginners and seasoned cooks who enjoy learning from a chef who loves making "chef school" (cooking, but not restaurant management) accessible to everyone who is interested.

A little companion "brochure" with recipes for the lessons shipped with my DVDs. (I ordered one for myself and two more for gifts) It is divided into the same basic sections with numbered lessons to match those of the DVD.

This would be a great way for a young person to prepare for either independent living or work as a chef -- and to practice on the family as the lessons progress!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 1 month ago by Daniel L. Shane
5.0 out of 5 stars Everything you need to know about how to cook properly ...
Everything you need to know about how to cook properly. A must, even if you think you know what you are doing!
Published 1 month ago by Gillian Silver
5.0 out of 5 stars I Love these dvds!
Fantastic! I am a beginner and I LOVE this DVD set! Julia explains everything you need to know. And the set comes with a booklet that has most (if not all) the recipes written on... Read more
Published 1 month ago by clarabeara
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love watching these dvd's! One can learn SO much about cooking!
Published 1 month ago by LN
5.0 out of 5 stars everything you need to know about cooking in one DVD
Recently, I found my set of VHS tapes of this series, which I hadn't watched in years. I am amazed at how many of Julia's tips and techniques are paraded as new these days on TV,... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Jim
5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic Woman
Her legacy goes on and on. She is definitely a one-of-a-kind lady who can mix class with practicality in a way only she can do.
Published 4 months ago by CWC
5.0 out of 5 stars Vignettes or Small Demonstrations
I bought this for my children age 19 and 20 plus. I thought they could choose a recipe while I hovered nearby for advice. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Hannah Fischer
3.0 out of 5 stars production is a different, short format
There is a LOT of information presented in a series of number subjects.
This is very useful for a quick look. Read more
Published 5 months ago by T. Burke
5.0 out of 5 stars Julia continues
It was Julia and I loved it! A classic chef and a classic person. I am not sure someone as filled her shoes yet.
Published 6 months ago by Bobby K
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful, easy to follow, REAL cooking
Love the DVDs. Nothing to do with the nonsensical recipes from Food channels, etc. Mrs. Child teaches all kinds of techniques, from the simple to more sophisticated. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Meme
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