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Jacques Pépin is universally hailed by professional chefs and home cooks as the grand master of cooking skills and methods. Now, his classic seminal work Jacques Pépin’s Complete Techniques
, is completely revised and updated with hundreds of color photographs and scores of new and updated techniques.
Jacques Pépin is America’s leading culinary teacher and expert on classic methods of food preparation and techniques, having hosted 12 televisions series and written 26 cookbooks, he has earned his place in the pantheon of the all-time greatest chefs and cooks. The material for Complete Techniques is based on Pépin’s 1978 and 1979 archetypal works La Méthode and La Technique. This revised and updated edition will include 60% color photographs and 30% new and updated techniques, all culled from Pépin’s archive and hand-selected by Chef himself.
This comprehensive, authoritative presentation includes more than 500 techniques and 160 recipes, demonstrated by master chef Jacques Pépin in 2,000 of step-by-step photographs.A comprehensive culinary course on every aspect of classic cooking, from the basics (how to sharpen a knife or peel an onion), to the practical (how to properly bone a chicken), to the whimsical (how to make decorative swans and flowers out of fruits and vegetables), to the complex (how to lard a pheasant pâté and encase it in a decorative crust of breading, or how to break down a saddle of lamb).
Pépin’s time-tested recipes show budding chefs, from the greenest home cook to the most seasoned professional, how to put techniques into practice. This completely revised and updated edition is also completely redesigned, with hundreds of full-color photographs, making it even easier to follow the step-by-step techniques.
"Concise. Informative. Indispensible." -- Anthony Bourdain
"...Pépin asks the reader to not treat this as a book, treat it as an apprenticeship. I took that to heart, and, indirectly, Jacques Pépin became my mentor through these techniques." -- Tom Colicchio
Jacques Pépin is universally hailed by professional chefs and home cooks as the grand master of cooking skills and methods. Now, his classic seminal work, Jacques Pépin's Complete Techniques, is completely revised and updated with more than 1,000 color photographs and 30% new techniques.
Based on Pépin's 1978 and 1979 archetypal works La Méthode and La Technique,Jacques Pépin'sComplete Techniques has become a cookbook classic in its own right, selling more than 140,000 copies. Comprehensive and authoritative, New Complete Techniques includes more than 600 techniques and methods and 160 recipes that are demonstrated by Pépin in thousand of step-by-step photographs. It is a culinary course on every aspect of classic cooking, from the basics (how to sharpen a knit or peel an onion) and the practical (how to properly bone a chicken (to the whimsical (how to make decorative swans and flowers out of fruits and vegetables) and the complex (how to use an old refrigerator as a smoker for trout).
The time-tested recipes show everyone, from the greenest home cook to the seasoned professional, how to put techniques into practice. This completely revised edition includes thousands of color and black-and-white photographs throughout and is redesigned to make it even easier to follow the step-by-step techniques.
About the Author
Jacques Pépin 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 Mérite 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 magazines Food & Wine Classic in Aspen and at other culinary festivals and fund-raising events worldwide. He lives with his wife in Madison, CT.