Essential Pépin - Jacques Pépin

Essential Pépin

By Jacques Pépin

  • Release Date: 2011-10-18
  • Genre: Methods
4 Score: 4 (From 39 Ratings)


For the first time ever, the legendary chef collects and updates the best recipes from his six-decade career. Featuring DVD clips demonstrating every technique a cook will ever need.

In his more than sixty years as a chef, Jacques Pépin 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; Mémé’s Apple Tart, which his mother made every day in her Lyon restaurant; and Warm Chocolate Fondue Soufflé, part cake, part pudding, part soufflé, and pure bliss.

Essential Pépin 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 DVD clips included in the ebook, Jacques shines as a teacher, as he demonstrates all the techniques a cook needs to know. This truly is the essential Pépin.  


  • A Perfect Anthology and Why You Need This Cookbook

    By Chrie89
    More than any other celebrity endorsed cookbook, I recommend Jacque's "Essential Pepin" for every cook of any level. The main reason? Practicality. Sure, Nobu Matsuhisa and Wolfgang Puck really can cook, they're geniuses even. But the fact that remains is that their dishes and their ingredients are hard to find and absolutely impractical unless you live in California or parts of the country where you can instantly access such hard-to-find ingredients. Pepin has taken gourmet cooking, applied it to the home kitchen effortlessly. This book is by far one of the best celebrity cookbooks I have ever read. The recipes are simple, exciting, timeless and of course delicious (isn't all french cooking?). Cooking at home should not be a chore, in fact it can be therapeutic in many ways. Such benefits of cooking at home include relieving stress and losing weight (saving money too!). There is a myth that we as an American society do not have enough time to cook or that it isn't frugal. With Jacque's fantastically well-organized cookbook, you'll find that it is very easy to cook fantastic recipes at home.