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Jacques Pepin's Kitchen: Encore with Claudine Hardcover – November 1, 1998
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Pleasure and practicality are combined in Jacques Pépin's Kitchen: Encore with Claudine, from world-renowned chef and cooking teacher Jacques Pépin. This book, along with its prequel, Jacques Pépin's Kitchen: Cooking with Claudine, is a companion to the PBS series of the same name, but they each stand on their own. Both emphasize the pleasure of cooking with and for family and friends. For this second course in daughter Claudine's culinary education, consummate teacher Pépin introduces her (and the reader) to more techniques--from basics, like how to clean salad greens or trim an artichoke, to how to bone and stuff a quail. The 110 original recipes take shape in 26 menus, each with its own chapter, complete with 4 or 5 well-laid-out recipes, some of which are accompanied by full-color photographs. The menus have different themes, with titles such as "Fall Colors Feast," "The Fish Connection," "A Graduation Party," or "The Adventurous Cook."
Although the dishes often highlight Pépin's French training, they have a contemporary American feel, with their minimal ingredient list, streamlined directions, accessible ingredients, and attention to attractiveness without the fuss. Most, like Chicken with Saffron Rice, take a single page, but a few, such as the Filet of Sole in Artichoke Bottoms, will attract the more accomplished cook. For health-conscious readers, each recipe (many of which are quite light) comes with a nutritional analysis. The recipes are thorough and clearly written, all infused with Pépin's warmth and enthusiasm. They will attract any cook interested in cooking quality meals at home. --Amy Cotler
Pepin's cuisine continues to evolve with America's changing tastes. His first cookbooks explained classic French techniques in pictorial detail to cooks determined to learn the ways of French master chefs. Then Pepin turned to California cuisine, with its emphasis on calorie control. After that, he demonstrated how one could prepare perfectly acceptable family meals in less than 30 minutes. Now he has turned his instructional attention to young cooks, personified by his daughter and kitchen companion Claudine. This book, based on his television shows, demonstrates that even college students can prepare attractive meals with an eye to both flavor and nutritional substance. By organizing recipes into menus, he overcomes beginning cooks' reluctance to entertain their friends. And the nutritionally conscious will appreciate each recipe's calorie and fat analyses. Tie-in with Pepin's newest PBS television series will create demand for this volume. Mark Knoblauch
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His books provide insight into this flavorful world.
Once you have used his techniques and followed one
of his recipes you will have the confidence to try more
and also experiment on your own.
By the way, I had the orginal book, Jacques Pepin's Kitchen: Cooking With Claudine (Jacques Pepin's Kitchen (Television Program).) for many years before I got this one. I thought that it would be just more of the same, but they are really different enough to justify owning both. I like this one a little bit better. Now if only they would release the show on DVD.
Colourful photos, and artwork, as well as, straight forward directions, and descriptions (of both menus and ingredients), motivate the reader into the creation of a cullinary frenzy, wether it be for family, or home entertaining.
This is a "MUST HAVE", for anyone who enjoys good food, with a healthy twist!