ESSENTIAL PEPIN by Jacques Pepin
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More Than 700 All-Time Favorites from My Life in Food
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The world-famous chef returns with more than 700 handpicked recipes retooled for the vicissitudes of today’s kitchen and garnered from more than 60 years of experience.

Pepin’s latest (Jacques Pepin More Fast Food My Way, 2008, etc.) reflects the insouciant grandeur of a man whose phenomenal influence and success in modern cooking can hardly be exaggerated: the author of 18 bestselling books; winner of an Emmy Award for his syndicated PBS series; recipient of the Légion d'Honneur; etc. Yet he miraculously manages to convey with freshness and excitement his life’s passion to equip home cooks of every stripe with something to please every palate. Soups, salads, puddings, soufflés and crepes are all on display, as well as recipes for charcuterie and offal in addition to standard fare like poultry and game. The author organizes this wealth of information into a harmonious and fascinating read. Pepin's roots run deep and true, and he fittingly closes with a recipe for Mulled Wine and a tribute to his boyhood home: “On cold winter nights, this is the drink of choice for farmers in the Beaujolais area of Burgundy, where I come from.”

Showcases a lifetime of remarkable achievements by the ambassador of French cuisine.

Pub Date: Oct. 19th, 2011
ISBN: 978-0-547-23279-9
Page count: 704pp
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 15th, 2011


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