The companion volume to the public television series Julia and Jacques Cooking at Home
Two legendary cooks, Julia Child and Jacques Pépin, invite us into their kitchen and show us the basics of good home cooking.
What makes this book unique is the richness of information they offer on every page, as they demonstrate techniques (on which they don't always agree), discuss ingredients, improvise, balance flavors to round out a meal, and conjure up new dishes from leftovers. Center stage in these pages are carefully spelled-out recipes flanked by Julia's comments and Jacques's comments--the accumulated wisdom of a lifetime of honing their cooking skills. Nothing is written in stone, they imply. And that is one of the most important lessons for every good cook.
So sharpen your knives and join in the fun as you learn to make . . .
*--Appetizers--from traditional and instant grav-lax to your own sausage in brioche and a country pâté
*--Soups--from New England chicken chowder and onion soup gratinée to Mediterranean seafood stew and that creamy essence of mussels, billi-bi
*--Eggs--omelets and "tortillas"; scrambled, poached, and coddled eggs; eggs as a liaison for sauces and as the puffing power for soufflés
*--Salads and Sandwiches--basic green and near-Niçoise salads; a crusty round seafood-stuffed bread, a lobster roll, and a pan bagnat
*--Potatoes--baked, mashed, hash-browned, scalloped, souffléd, and French-fried
*--Vegetables--the favorites from artichokes to tomatoes, blanched, steamed, sautéed, braised, glazed, and gratinéed
*--Fish--familiar varieties whole and filleted (with step-by-step instructions for preparing your own), steamed en papillote, grilled, seared, roasted, and poached, plus a classic sole meunière and the essentials of lobster cookery
*--Poultry--the perfect roast chicken (Julia's way and Jacques's way); holiday turkey, Julia's deconstructed and Jacques's galantine; their two novel approaches to duck
*--Meat--the right technique for each cut of meat (along with lessons in cutting up), from steaks and hamburger to boeuf bourguignon and roast leg of lamb
*--Desserts--crème caramel, profiteroles, chocolate roulade, free-form apple tart--as you make them you'll learn all the important building blocks for handling dough, cooking custards, preparing fillings and frostings
And much, much more . . .
Throughout this richly illustrated book you'll see Julia's and Jacques's hands at work, and you'll sense the pleasure the two are having cooking together, tasting, exchanging ideas, joshing with each other, and raising a glass to savor the fruits of their labor. Again and again they demonstrate that cooking is endlessly fascinating and challenging and, while ultimately personal, it is a joy to be shared.
About the Author
The unflappable Julia Child brought the intricacies of French cuisine to American home cooks through her television series and books. "Baking with Julia" is a testament to her know-how and teaching tradition. She died on Aug. 12, 2004 just two days before her 92nd birthday.
Jacques Pepin has published 26 cookbooks and hosted 12 public television cooking series. One of the best-known culinary teachers in the world, he's earned a place in the James Beard Foundation's Cookbook Hall of Fame, captured the foundation's Who's Who of Food and Beverage in America award, been recognized for Best TV Cooking Segment and Best Culinary Video, and earned the foundation's Lifetime Achievement Award in 2005. Chef Jacques won a daytime Emmy award for a television show he co-hosted with Julia Child and is among an elite group that has received the Chevalier de L'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres and Chevalier de L'Ordre du Merite Agricole, two of the highest honors bestowed by the French government. The founder of the American Institute of Wine and Food, he shares his knowledge through teaching at The French Culinary Institute. A former columnist for "The New York Times", Jacques writes a quarterly column for "Food & Wine". He also participates regularly in that magazine's Food & Wine Classic in Aspen and at other culinary festivals and fund-raising events worldwide. He lives with his wife in Madison, CT.
Colman Andrews is an award-winning food editor and food and travel writer. He lives in Connecticut.