This is an enormous cookbook as it should be since Jacques Pepin has aimed to cook down and encapsulate his entire career with it. I’ve been a fan of Pepin’s for years. I first got to know him as many did — through his televised PBS cooking series with Julia Child — Julia and Jacques Cooking at Home. I love how at ease they are with one another. Jacques prefers black pepper, Julia prefers white and they bicker about it on camera. You get their character and humor unlike a lot of today’s highly groomed food television folks. I also really enjoyed reading Pepin’s The Apprentice: My Life in the Kitchen. If you’re looking for an engaging read that takes you through the learning and becoming of a chef read it. It’s such a good book.
I’d been talking about how I wanted Essential Pepin, which came out in fall 2011, for awhile and then one day out of the blue my ex-boyfriend’s mom sent it to me in the mail. Love her. Here are some of the things that I’ve cooked from it…
by Jacques Pepin
Pub. date October, 2011
$40, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt