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What bothers me with many tv chefs nowadays, is that they haven't even gone to culinary school! To see some using canned items and pre made sauces makes me sick. Jacques still teaches and is considered an icon in teaching proper cooking skills and he continues to give people inside tips that some chefs pay thousands to learn.
I have to be honest; I really didn't enjoy the fast food my way series. It was fun to watch him cook but I just didn't enjoy the food he made. In this series he goes back to creating incredible meals showing us that with proper techniques and practice, we too can attempt these at home.
In this video he teaches us how to make basic recipes that can be used in so many ways. Items such as how to make proper pastry cream and how to use meringue for different types of desserts are shown. He also shows us how to cook proper fish and seafood recipes and the importance of a good stock and how to create it. His love for meat is obvious and his hearty recipes for beef tongue, lamb, and beef are so good it's hard not to cook these recipes on the spot.
His petit choux (cream puff) recipe is still the best I've ever seen and I now make it all the time and teach others to do the same. He shows people how to make a baked alaskan with ease and no one does a souffle' like Jacques. The way he makes bread is also explained and even though his is so beyond talented, he teaches us in a way that we are not intimidated and the recipe is easy to follow and try.Read more ›
Well, 2 disappointments. First, the 'run time' is advertised as 780 minutes (13 hours). That's true but, if you consider 2 hours and 35 minutes of viewing sponsorship promos as run time, then no problem. I don't. The actual time viewing Jacques Pépins' cooking is only 10 hours and 25 minutes. That is quite a difference from the stated 13 hours. I wish Amazon would be more accurate with this description and make the appropriate change.
The second issue is on Disc 3, concerning the series 'Eggs-Quisite'; that 24 minute program simply will not cue. I have 2 DVD players which I've tried to view this program with, and neither one will allow it to run. I suspect it's simply a problem with the stamping of the disc itself, and I'm confident that Amazon will soon have that disc replaced. We'll see.
In summary, the series is very good, but be advised, there are only 10 hours and 25 minutes of Jacques Pépin cooking.
Update: I contacted Amazon concerning a disc replacement. Immediately, a disc was sent to me (with 1-day service!). There is no further issue referencing the disc. One couldn't ask for, or receive better service.
Despite his occasional unsafe advice, Pépin gives clear and detailed instructions, and though I was too lazy to go to the store for ingredients, I felt as if I could have made most of the dishes he demonstrated. He is an unassuming, engaging host whose dishes look so good that your mouth will water as you watch, and you will be tempted to try food that you would otherwise never dream of eating. For instance, I don't like seafood, but Pépin's Sea Bass in Shredded Potato Skin, Oysters Madison, and Poached Salmon in Ravigote Sauce look delicious. He spends an episode on offal, which are the parts of the animals you normally wouldn't think to eat, such as intestines and tails and something called sweetbread--which is neither sweet nor, in fact, bread; it's a really disgusting dish made from the thymus gland. But after he was done with it, I was ready to chow down.
Jacques isn't out to entertain so much as teach, so there is nothing flashy about his presentation. Each episode begins with Jacques, by himself or with a guest, pretending to have dinner. If there is a guest, they will exclaim, "This is delicious! How did you make it?" To which Jacques invariably replies, "This is how I made it," and an overview of the recipes he's about to demonstrate runs.Read more ›
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Wonderful DVD that is lots of fun to watch again and again. Chef Pepin continues his charming presentations by either cooking for the viewers himself, or having occasional guests... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Baker's Dozen
Can't get enough of Jacques and French cooking.Published 3 months ago by The Geekster of Planetgeek.net
Excellent show, great recipes and engaging conversation from a master of cooking. I have learned so much technique from Pepin over the years and admire his down-to-earth,... Read morePublished 7 months ago by TheHappyGentleman
I am working my way through parts of the book. I have to say on the baking section, sometimes I prefer the version of Martha Stewart in her Baking Handbook, as in pate brisee (pie... Read morePublished 10 months ago by desert reviewer
Bought this as a present and they love it. Pepin makes it easy for anyone to learn some of the techniques of a master chef. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Dave
I love watching Jacques cook. You can learn a lot and it's never boring! He always has a twinkle in his eye that lets you know you're welcomePublished 11 months ago by Topsquid