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Here is the six-part series (complete with recipe booklet), originally produced in 1985,
in which Julia teaches you all the fundamentals of good cooking and offers a wealth of her favorite recipes.
POULTRY includes the perfect chicken sauté with variations, classic coq au vin, ways with chicken breasts, butterflied grilled birds, roast turkey, and a special duck.
MEAT: Quick and easy sautéed steaks, hamburgers, pork chops, aromatic stews, a crusty hash, grilled pork, and majestic beef and lamb roasts.
VEGETABLES: How best to cook twenty of your favorite vegetables, plus gratins, stuffed delights, eggplant pizza, and risotto.
SOUPS, SALADS, AND BREAD: The three master soup stocks and improvisations, a French onion soup and a Mediterranean fish soup, tossed and composed salads, plus how to make your own French bread.
FISH AND EGGS: Selecting fish and shellfish; broiling, sautéing, and oven-poaching fish; plus the miraculous egg—alone or in omelettes, custards, quiche, sauces, and a spectacular soufflé.
FIRST COURSES AND DESSERTS: Patés and fish mousse, tart crusts and crepes with savory and with sweet fillings, two master cakes, and a Tipsy Trifle.
From deglazing a sauce and degreasing a stock to thickening a soup and unmolding a timbale, all the important techniques that make for good cooking are here. Now, at the press of a button, you have instant access to whatever recipe or information you need. Watch Julia do it and you’ll be empowered. Bon appétit!
Top Customer Reviews
This two DVD set comes with an instructional booklet. On the first, you will find Poultry, Meats and Vegetables. On the second, Soups, Salads and Bread, Fish and Eggs, and First Courses and Desserts. Both DVDs are well chaptered, so if you just want to watch one particular sub-chapter, you don't have to sift through an entire topic in order to do so. As always, Julia is instructive, professional and completely enthusiastic. Buy this now (together with the companion book The Way to Cook) and, if you haven't already, also get the newly released Baking With Julia
I had few cooking skills in the mid 1980s when this book and DVD came out, and I relied on recipes from Fannie Farmer, supermarket recipe cards, and women's magazines. This series elevated my cooking for good. It is French influenced, but simplified in some cases, and there are variations on most recipes which is really useful if you don't have time to run to the supermarket. I have had many variation cookbooks and this is the best. I have not used the dessert section too much (I prefer Pierre Franey for this--fruit salad with Grand Marnier!), but the bread, meat, and veg sections are the best. I recommend ham steaks with peas and mashed potatoes and cornish game hen broiled w/cheese.
I am so pleased this is out on DVD. I gathered up the video tapes one-by-one on ebay and this is definitely more affordable!
The big drawback is that the presentation comes off dry and educational. You lose the entertaining banter and bloopers that "The French Chef" is known for. If this is your first Julia Child DVD, I would instead recommend a 3 DVD collection which includes 12 favorite "The French Chef" episodes and a biography on Julia Child.Julia Child! - The French Chef
What has been abundantly clear to thousands of people for years is that Julia Child knows how to cook. With this DVD what now also becomes abundantly clear is that she is every bit as excellent as a cooking teacher as she is a cook. To cook well is one thing. To teach well is something entirely different. Julia Child deserves to go down in history as she has and will continue to.
This is very useful for a quick look. My guess this is based on the format of short segments presented on "Good Morning America" for many years, most about three minutes.
For those like me that enjoy her more leisurely, longer programs this short format might be a bit disappointing. The segments fly by and you must pay rapt attention but all the skills and technique are there.
A pleasant book about the TV shows following v "The French Chef" is by Nancy Verde Barr, "Backstage With Julia". Julia's wonderful personality, intelligence, and humanity are inspiring and endearing. A treasure for those who love and admire Julia Child.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Absolutely WONDERFUL!!! No, it is not for lazy people who do not have a passion for cooking. If you are looking for fast, easy recipes that entail opening a can of this or a packet... Read morePublished 1 month ago by John J. Koons
A beautiful and endearing master Chef, Julia Child delivers the best methods for making great food. Unlike the other cooking shows on tv which are seriously lacking, this is a gem... Read morePublished 6 months ago by IowaSparrow
Truly loved this dvd set - it's everything you need to know about cooking. But c'mon, it's Julia Child, you probably already knew that would be the case :) Buy it, you won't regret... Read morePublished 9 months ago by lilcreative
What can I say about Julia child she was a pioneer of everything an amazing cook I love herPublished 10 months ago by Pamela famulro