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Avec Eric with Eric Ripert, Season 1 (3 DVD Collection)

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Featuring 10 Episodes of Eric Ripert** Big Flavor Star Ingredients Farming the Sea Birth of a Dish Teamwork Traditions Artisanal Perfect Pairings Oil and Wine Craftsmanship BONUS DVD: Get Toasted Watch Eric cook simple but elegant recipes in a toaster oven.

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  • Format: DVD
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002WJ2G54
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,425 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By C. G. King TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 2, 2011
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I find it fascinating to see tidbits of how things are made, organic farms, etc. This series offers several new looks at things, such as: making sparkling wine, ricotta cheese, pasta, gathering chestnuts, raising animals in a healthy way and olive oil, to name a few. The places visited are always interesting and range from Tuscany to Napa Valley to a sustainable farm north of New York City and include fascinating bits of info about whatever the subject is. The information isn't extensive, just a glimpse, but often a view that I've not seen elsewhere and Eric's participation is always appealing. He's easy on the eyes and I find his accent charming. It adds to the ambience of these episodes for me.

Each segment includes some time on site seeing the highlighted 'product' on hoof or being developed, a part showing how things work in the restaurant and then in Eric's private kitchen where he creates a dish that brings things together. He offers tips as he works and although some are basic, some I'd not seen before anywhere. Even the basic ones when presented in Eric's unassuming style seem to stick with me better. He is a wonderful teacher, very relaxed and patient with his lessons that range from why you mince garlic in this way for this recipe to how to check doneness of chicken if a thermometer isn't handy. He never seems rushed and the food he creates seems satisfying and accessible--something I really want to make and actually feel I can duplicate based on his instruction.

I'd seen a few of the episodes on TV but far prefer watching them at my leisure rather than on a schedule and being able to watch some repeatedly to get all the information. I watch a lot of TV chefs and cooking shows, but this series ranks at the top of my list. Not only is Eric a good teacher but the filming is outstanding and seems to capture the best parts of whatever activity he's engaged in. Highly recommended.
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Having bought one set already for myself, suffice to say that I have purchased additional sets as both business and personal gifts!

Eric Ripert's accent may or may not be a problem for viewers; I had no problem understanding what he was saying. He is, of course, a virtuoso chef and (as viewers of "No Reservations" can attest to) renowned culinary force in the New York City restaurant scene.

My only problem with this set was the annoying set of sponsor commercials forming part of the introduction to each episode...while I don't deny that commercial sponsors are essential to this kind of venture, it would have been sufficient to have had the sponsorship included in the first episode of each DVD, for example...as it is, I've become adept at fast forwarding through the intro and beginning with the actual opening scene.

Don't let that deter you though, from discovering this marvelous set.
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This is an excellent series of informational and instructive episodes. High marks need to be given to the producer, director and especially the cameraman for the great video shots especially in Eric's kitchen. I would be remiss to not mention the high quality of the food that Eric prepares. I only wish I could get tomatoes, shallots, garlic, meats, etc. as fresh looking and photogenic as his are.

One caveat here - don't watch this if you're hungry because by the time its over, you'll be starving and will devour any food you have laying around. Eric shows his skills in the creation of these dishes and the wonderful execution and presentation of them stirs my appetite. I just wish I lived closer to NY so I could take advantage of eating in his restaurant. Of course, maybe having a little bit more income would help also.

Since Le Bernardin is an outstanding restaurant that serves mainly fish, (Only a few non fish dishes for those who are opposed to the treasures of the sea) I was surprised at the number of times meat was shown as a meal but it looks like Eric enjoys dishes whether land or sea.

My only complaint about this series, minor though it is, is that the first several episodes had closed captioning available but it stopped around episode 3 I believe. As I am elderly and Eric still has a heavily Gallic accent to his English, it was sometimes difficult to understand what he was saying. Rewind and replay solved that problem though.

I highly recommend this series and am looking forward to viewing Season 2.
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Eric Ripert is a fantastic chef and communicator about everythiyng involving food, cooking, and running a restaurant. His accent is infectious and he seems like a genuinely nice person. Highly recommend if you are a fan of educational food shows.
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Unlike the other reviewer, I had no trouble understanding Mr. Ripert at all.

This DVD is from his PBS series, "Avec Eric" which I enjoyed watching and ordered the DVD to watch again and again. In each episode, Eric goes on location and samples an area's offerings, and at the end he cooks a recipe inspired by those ingredients, and most are fairly easy to procure and prepare.

All in all, one of my favorite modern PBS series, and one of my favorite modern chefs.
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I've only watched a couple of episodes, but I've found them to be enjoyable with lots of background information on the various ingredients. Eric is very inspiring! Makes me want to get in my kitchen and try new things!
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