The Way To Cook DVD
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107 of 110 people found the following review helpful
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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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful
on January 7, 2010
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
on 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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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on April 21, 2010
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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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon February 6, 2010
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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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on December 17, 2010
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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on May 5, 2014
There is a LOT of information presented in a series of number subjects.
This is very useful for a quick look. My guess this is based on the format of short segments presented on "Good Morning America" for many years, most about three minutes.
For those like me that enjoy her more leisurely, longer programs this short format might be a bit disappointing. The segments fly by and you must pay rapt attention but all the skills and technique are there.
A pleasant book about the TV shows following v "The French Chef" is by Nancy Verde Barr, "Backstage With Julia". Julia's wonderful personality, intelligence, and humanity are inspiring and endearing. A treasure for those who love and admire Julia Child.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on August 17, 2011
My husband and I tried Julia's risotto rice recipe and we gobbled it up. Julia presents various ways to cook meats, poultry, veggies and more, and explains cooking techniques as they arise in the dishes being prepared. The recipes are not light but with some simple substitutions you can make them less calorie dense. This 2-DVD set comes with a cook booklet. The recipes on the DVDs and in the booklet are numbered to make finding them easy in either medium. What a wonderful product and it cost only $23. It will more than pay us back in meals eaten at home instead of restaurants. I am no longer surprised why Julia Child has an enduring reputation for delicious, do-able cooking.

July 20, 2012
I continue to reference these DVDs frequently. As with quilting, I find cooking-technique DVDs are worth 1,000 still pictures. This one is among the best in value and continues as a favorite in my how-to DVD library. P.S. I highly recommend Julia's hamburger recipe. :-)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on December 9, 2013
This has to be by far the BEST cooking DVD. Believe me when I tell you, if you buy this you will need no other.
There are two DVDs that include :Poultry, Meat, Vegetables, Soups, Salads, Bread, Fish, Eggs, First Courses and Dessert. To give you an example on how the DVDs and classes work:
Every class has a number Example: Sauteed Chicken is 101, you watch her prepare it, if for example there is an ingredient like sautéed mushrooms that needs to be added then that preparation is 103, you can then stop and go to 103 and see how it's prepared, that way once you know how to prepare a recipe and want to just watch the steps, you don't have to watch every single step , just what you need. And for example after sautéed chicken come recipes that have that same chicken as the base, so once you know how to sauté chicken you can then move on to Coq au vin or chicken with mushrooms and cream or chicken provencal, etc. all with sautéed chicken as base. And believe me with Julia preparing you feel like you can do any of those recipes. She makes you feel very confident.
The DVDs also come with a booklet, and not just a crummy pamphlet but a booklet with every recipe in the DVDs.
I really believe that every household should have this, it is such an easy way to come together as a family and have dinner with great food that doesn't take forever to prepare in most cases. Forget fast food, here you have very good food made very quickly and you know each and every ingredient that goes into it.
Bon appétit!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on September 21, 2010
These videos are a wonderful addition to your culinary knowledge. Julia Child's explanations and demonstrations are simple and direct to the point - no fuss! The recipes/techniques are all full proof and you'll susprise yourself how good you can cook with her help!! A must in your kitchen!!
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