Jacques Pépin is one of the most recognized French chefs in the industry. He has published 25 books, starred in his own PBS cooking series and won multiple James Beard Awards, IACP Cookbook Awards and even an Emmy for the series Julia & Jacques Cooking At Home, which he co-hosted with Julia Child. This year marks some milestones for Jacques—his PBS series is coming to an end, he was just named the first recipient of the Julia Child Award, and he’s celebrating his 80th birthday on December 18. (Bon anniversaire en avance, Jacques!)
I am so excited for his new book, Jacques Pépin Heart & Soul in the Kitchen. In the book’s opening, Jacques writes, “Think of this book as an invitation to come over to my house for a meal.” Oui! Each recipe in this book showcases some of his favorite dishes — the ones he loves to cook for family and friends. Recipes come from all over the world and range from simple and quick to extravagant and complex: the classic apple galette, mussel and clam stew, and—my favorite—sliced tomato gratin.
If you have ever watched one of Jacques’ shows on PBS, you see a man who is passionate about cooking and a man who wants to educate his viewers. I walked away from this book not only learning something new, but with a restored passion for cooking. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!
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