Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Jacques Pepin Fast Food My Way Set of 3 DVDs|
Actor: Jacques Pepin
Genres: Special Interests, Educational
Jacques Pépin, the man who taught millions of Americans how to cook, shares the techniques he honed in the most famous kitchens of the world to show you how to create simple, special meals in minutes. The complete PBS seri... more »
A relaxed Jacques demonstrates and explains his personal coo
Ron M. West | 07/05/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"In these DVDs, Jacques is totally relaxed and you get the feeling he is demonstrating his personal methods for cooking in his home. He uses many "short cuts" and substitutions that are never a part of what he does on TV shows. His personality really shines.
It is a wonderful set to have and view (more than once) and reference for your home cooking! I highly recommend this set for all serous home cooks."
Great cooking shows - you will learn a lot
kalyson | Sacramento, CA USA | 12/25/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I loved these cooking videos. It is amazing how much you can learn when someone like Jacques Pepin is the teacher. Unlike some cooking shows, almost all of the steps are shown here, with clear explanations of each step. I am learning techniques like how to hold the knife, how to chop vegetables different ways, how to coordinate different activities in meal preparation, etc., aside from just the recipes themselves.
I prefer these videos over the ones by Emeril Lagasse (Mr. Bam!) because these are more calm, less frenetic, and I learn more. I don't buy cooking videos to be entertained, I buy them so I can learn about cooking. With this series, I am learning a great deal.
The recipes are also found in the book that accompanies this DVD series: http://www.amazon.com/Fast-Food-Way-Jacques-Pepin/dp/0618393129/ref=pd_sim_d_4
The book has the same title as this series "Fast Food My Way" by Jacques Pepin. On Amazon the book is searchable online and you can see the recipes and menus that are presented.
It is true that the sound quality is not perfect -- I am watching the show on my computer and turn the volume down somewhat to compensate. It sounds all right that way and does not buzz.
Some of the recipes have shortcuts I don't know that I would take, since I don't really look for fast cooking in general. I like to cook more complex recipes at home, and some ingredients like canned peaches I would probably avoid. But this is a matter of personal preference. I did not gravitate towards this series because the recipes were fast (and they are), but because I like learning new techniques and like Mr. Pepin's style of teaching. Many of the recipes are very good, though, even though they are pretty streamlined.
I would recommend the book to beginning and intermediate cooks, or anyone who enjoys watching good cooking shows and wants ideas for quick meals to prepare.
As usual... Chef Pepin at his best !
S. Abdelli | minneapolis, mn United States | 04/09/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The great strength in this dvd series resides in its simplicity.
You do not need to be an experienceed cook to replicate any of these recipes.
If you are, however, you will still learn a great deal, as you realize that the ultimate skill lies in the ability to reduce complex techniques down to a few simple tasks.
Mr Pepin is a great teacher, and I have not found a book or another dvd (like the one with Mrs J. Child) that were not of the highest quality.
Beyond the educational value of this dvd:it is great entertainement listening to Mr Pepin funny and sometimes sharp comments (I found myself laughing a lot watching the dvd!).
I have not purchased the "More Fast food my way" dvd but watched the PBS series, and probably will get it, as it is also a a high quality series.
I will be giving a lot of these dvds for Christmas or Birthday presents.