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Jacques Pépin's Table: The Complete "Today's Gourmet" Paperback – March, 2003
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I think the best cook in America is Jacques Pepin. "Jacques Pepin's Table" is a wonderful book. The recipes work, and they are terrific. His new fruit dessert cookbook is also terrific. (From an interview with Christopher Kimball, editor of "Cook's Illustrated" magazine.) -- Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, March 28, 1999 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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...It is a true indulgence tobe able to make and eat delicious food. This book permits bothpleasures without the guilt of unknown excesses of fat, cholesterol,sodium and the like. -- Eat what you like, but please...know what youare eating!
I have made nearly every beef, poultry and fish dish inthis volume with terrific and consistent results. -- The greatestthing is that the book teaches you how to spend your money wisely andget the most bang for your buck, usually with little more than a someminor attention to detail, which is free.
My mother-in-law who is avery well travelled, difficult to impress foodie consistently lavishesme with compliments when I whip up dinner with recipes culled fromthis book. She was so impressed with the stuffed chicken breast dish'Chicken Kiev Style' that she asked to watch me make it so that shecan serve it at her dinner parties! Very economical and easy for suchhigh praise!
The side dishes are exquisite, flavorful, andeasy. They are great to bring along when visiting, compliment avariety of meals, are generally inexpensive, and are a bit morespecial than other run of the mill recipes you might tend to fall backon. The simple recipe for potatoes persillade (pan fried potatoes withgarlic and parsely) is such a favorite in our house that is worth theprice of the book all by itself.
I cannot stress enough that when Ibegan cooking I was almost completely inept, and now I am a force tobe reckoned with in the kitchen. (Thanks in large part to this book.)With the help of Mr. Pepin's flawlessly executable recipes, I evenmake my own bread from scratch -- without owning a foodprocessor.
For me eating and entertaining well has become a part ofliving a good life. You can go out and pay someone else to cook foryou for the rest of your life or you can learn to make a few thingsand take tremendous satisfaction in it.The money you save on dinnersout will more than pay for this book and the inspiration andinformation it provides are priceless.
If you want to learn how tocook, there will never be a more qualified or humble teacher thanJacques Pepin. -- So often the quality of the result is dependent onsomething small like knowing how to thicken a sauce, the order to chopyour ingredients, or when during the cooking process to add aparticular seasoning. A lot of that extra know-how gleened during alifetime of hands-on effort is conveyed here.
Lastly, but worthnoting: all of the recipes in the book are made with readily availableingredients and without a huge investment in equipment.
Go on, getthe book. You're worth it, and your dinner companions will thank you.
He achieves this goal. What I really enjoy and use is the first section, 40 pages of menus using recipes from the book. This is unique and very well done. This section gives one not only ideas for complete meals from the book, but just plain ideas on how to combine dishes for wonderful meals.
The recipes themselves show great variety, and care to do just what he setted out: elegance for reasonable health. As an example, this menu is entitled: The light side of Classic Cuisine: Grilled Swordfish with Spicy Yogurt Sauce, Poached Turkey in Vegetable Consomme' Salad, Creamy Rice Pudding with Fruit Sauce. Calories per serving: 758.
There are many sidelights to this cookbook: sidebars on foods and techniques, and nice photos.
Perfect cookbook for someone looking for lighter, gourmet quality food.
I have learned much from MR. Pepin in expanding my culinary skills, both from his books and his TV show and highly recommend everything he has done!
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