Annie234, August 4, 2012 (view all comments by Annie234)
Jacques makes cooking quick, tasty and healthy meals a pleasure and a short task. I highly recommend his series of books to both beginning and advanced cooks.
richardsons15, October 17, 2009 (view all comments by richardsons15)
French food, for most people, conjures up hours in the kitchen, striving for perfection of sauces and presentation. Not so for Jacques Pépin, born and kitchen-trained in France. He wrote "Fast Food My Way" (Houghton Mifflin, $30, 250 pages) five years ago, and although it's not a beginner's cookbook (there are no notes on basic cooking techniques), most of the recipes are, as promised, fast - which translates as uncomplicated and straightforward. Pépin also has included many menus, which is a great help in balancing out a meal.
It's a small book, but has lovely and inviting photographs by Ben Fink, all in bounce-off-the-page color.
The cookbook has a wealth of vegetable recipes and salads, and a few recipes for most kinds of seafood and meats. A substantial dessert section includes a tiramisu that is not unlike the one I hit upon when assembling one for a dinner for 100, and I'm sure it is just as delicious.
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"Publishers Weekly Review"
by Publishers Weekly,
"Longtime fans of Pepin may cherish their copies of La Methode, a gorgeously lush cookbook that devotes pages to his elaborate knife technique. But no one can accuse Pepin of falling behind the times. If the great French chef and popular peer to the late Julia Child misses the days of food as elaborate edible sculpture, he's keeping it to himself, cheerfully hosting a PBS series (Fast Food My Way) and now penning this companion book. 'More often than not, I prefer simple, straightforward food that can be prepared quickly,' Pepin swears, and most of the recipes stick to that statement, sometimes to excess: recipes that do little more than suggest readers add boiling water to couscous or try microwaving their potato probably add little to the repertoire of even minimally experienced chefs. The cookbook's best sections take traditional French food — braised endive, beef stew — and show readers how to skip steps to achieve a different but similarly pleasing result. Although Pepin has always packaged himself brilliantly, some of his recipe names could use a redesign: Soupy Rice and Peas hardly stimulates the appetite, and Tomato Tartare with Tomato Water Sauce actively turns it off. Other charming recipes, however, invoke the same aspirational lifestyle that older, elaborate cookbooks do, but with a different spin: Pepin says his recipe for Banana Bourbon Coupe was just something he whipped up one afternoon fresh off the slopes, making the best of the few ingredients on hand. French cooking, Pepin reminds us, is not just a matter of technique; it's a matter of chic. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information, Inc.)
Cooks in a hurry, take heart! Memorable dishes are only moments away with Jacques Pépin's stunning new cookbook. The most celebrated chef in the world — the man who taught millions of Americans how to cook — applies his skills to the food he loves best: simple, special meals that can be prepared quickly.
Memorable dishes are only moments away with Pépin's stunning new cookbook. The most celebrated chef in the world applies his skills to the food he loves best: simple, special meals that can be prepared quickly.
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