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Essential Pepin

More Than 700 All-time Favorites From My Life in Food

Pépin, Jacques

(Book - 2011)
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
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"For the first time ever, the legendary chef collects and updates the best recipes from his six-decade career. With a searchable DVD demonstrating every technique a cook will ever need. In his more than sixty years as a chef, Jacques Pepin has earned a reputation as a champion of simplicity. His recipes are classics. They find the shortest, surest route to flavor, avoiding complicated techniques. Now, in a book that celebrates his life in food, the world's most famous cooking teacher winnows his favorite recipes from the thousands he has created, streamlining them even further. They include Onion Soup Lyonnaise-Style, which Jacques enjoyed as a young chef while bar-crawling in Paris; Linguine with Clam Sauce and Vegetables, a frequent dinner chez Jacques; Grilled Chicken with Tarragon Butter, which he makes indoors in winter and outdoors in summer; Five-Peppercorn Steak, his spin on a bistro classic; Meme's Apple Tart, which his mother made every day in her Lyon restaurant; and Warm Chocolate Fondue Souffle, part cake, part pudding, part souffle, and pure bliss. Essential Pepin spans the many styles of Jacques's cooking: homey country French, haute cuisine, fast food Jacques-style, and fresh contemporary American dishes. Many of the recipes are globally inspired, from Mexico, across Europe, or the Far East. In the accompanying searchable DVD, Jacques shines as a teacher, as he demonstrates all the techniques a cook needs to know. This truly is the essential Pepin. "--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2011
ISBN: 9780547232799
0547232799
Branch Call Number: 641.5944 P
Characteristics: xv, 685 p. : ill. ; 27 cm. + 1 DVD (sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.)

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Jan 04, 2012
  • carolannbagan rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

great book. a must have for all pepin fans.

Dec 27, 2011
  • bsevertsen rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Have purchased a copy for myself and a few family members, I liked this so much. Great recipes (try the Wine Merchant's steak) and wonderful commentary describing specific tips and the origins of each dish. No photos of the dishes (so this isn't food porn), just a cookbook that should get used!

Dec 04, 2011
  • sdelao rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Jacques can do no wrong. Wonderful book...perfect to give as a gift for the foodie in your life. The recipes are delish! Comes with a CD with about an hour of short demonstrations for things such as sharpening knives to creating beautiful butter pads shaped as flowers. Love it.

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