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Chez Jacques: Traditions and Rituals of a Cook Hardcover – Bargain Price, April 1, 2007
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About the Author
Photographer TOM HOPKINS has enjoyed a friendship with Jacques Pépin since they met working on The Art of Cooking together 20 years ago. In addition to food, Hopkins shoots fashion and travel for catalogs and advertising. He lives in Madison, Connecticut.
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After all that gushing over Pepin's credentials, a brief word of warning is necessary. This is a far more important book on the teaching and the learning about how to cook and about the nature of cooking itself than it is a book of recipes. Thus, if you are reluctant to lie out a premium price for only 100 recipes, check out one of his many other books, especially the delightful `Fast Food My Way' or `Julia and Jacques Cooking at Home'.
One of the most endearing insights I get from Pepin's book is that there is simply no perfect way to write a recipe. There are only good approaches for all the various different cookbook audiences.Read more ›
After living for over thirty years in the USA Pepin still radiates and personifies "French Chef" to many Americans. That more of his professional life has been spent in America than in France, and that his food has become a smooth hybrid of classical French and contemporary American sensibilities, and so would not be seen as really "French" by audiences in France, is beside the point. He brings, in every moment of his being, and in his approach to culture and life, a timeless French appreciation for not only the better but also the more genuine things in life.
Pepin's charm and indelible Frenchness are not his only assets. There are many charming people in the world, many of them French, presenting themselves smoothly all the time. What makes Pepin different is his biography and the singular grace, humility, good humor, common sense and perceptive understanding that he has shown in translating the essentials of the classical French cooking in which he was schooled into the world of the America that he immigrated to in the early 1960s.Read more ›
At the time I bought this book, Amazon had it at the bargain price of $30. I doubt I would have paid $100 or more for it sight unseen.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Wonderful! In mint condition, with a signature, inexpensive and fast!Published 1 month ago by Julie K
Best Chef Pepin book ever. I have all of his books, but this one is really unique and beautiful. Thanks.Published 11 months ago by Mary A. Rusch
Nothing of Pepin's is less than excellent to me, and this volume contains drawings and paintings by Jacques! Merveilleux!Published 21 months ago by Louisa