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New Jacques Pépin series to look forward to

Apparently M. Pépin is starting to shoot a new series at KQED in SF..."The Essential Pépin". Can't wait!

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  1. I will be anxiously awaiting for this series to air. I have been in love with Jacques (In my head, we're on a first name basis with one another) since I was a child. He just exudes everything that is good about French cooking, French food and French Men too!

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    1. re: cgarner

      He is very charming indeed, as well as being a heck of a cook! I learn something from him in each show.

      1. re: cgarner

        me to, except I call him Jack, like Julia did :>D

      2. Wow. You made my day. He is a glorious cook and so brilliant. Plus, he seems like such a charming guy. His book was great.

        1. Superb! Any idea what station will carry it - PBS, I hope?

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          1. re: LindaWhit

            I reckon - KQED is the San Francisco PBS station.

            1. re: LindaWhit

              Linda, it debuted today at noon on WGBH 2 in Boston.

              1. re: greygarious

                Well, I was about to head to my nap to try and rid myself of a sinus headache, so I didn't get to see it. :-( I'm going to have to set the DVR to record it - thanks for the heads-up, greyg!

                  1. re: greygarious

                    Awww, I love youse guys! Thanks, greyg!

                    ETA: So wait - this show has been on for 10 episodes already? Damn - why do they wait so long to get it to the East Coast channels?

                    1. re: LindaWhit

                      Because the Left coast is the Best coast ;-)

                      1. re: buttertart

                        But our sports teams win more championships. :-P

                        And even more important - WE had Julia Child first. So there!

                        1. re: LindaWhit

                          Whaaaaatevs. ;-) Both coasts got good things going on. And as it is said, wherever you go, there you are.

            2. Very nice!

              His "Fast Food My Way" has been so-so for me, but in general I enjoy Jacques Pepin. Another plus, he packs a lot of tips and tricks into his show. He's a great teacher. A natural.

              1. PS for more scoop M. Pépin now has a Facebook presence (handled by his daughter and the KQED people apparently).

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                1. re: buttertart

                  The first thing I am going to do when I get home is friend request him
                  (hmmm wondering what Jaques tweets would look like if he had a twitter account?)
                  "Five in the afternoon, when I start cooking, is when we start drinking wine. We probably drink too much of it."
                  (stolen from Gourmet Magazine 2009 interview w/ Jacques)

                  1. re: cgarner

                    You just have to "like" to get the FB feed.

                    1. re: buttertart

                      Oh, that daughter though! Those were the worst Jacques shows ever. How could anyone live their entire life with a genius and act so dim. I hope it was an act, but it was hard to take! Talk about no rapport with the camera!

                      1. re: roxlet

                        @roxlet, I agree... I loved the series with Jacques and Julia. I think she frustrated the heck out of him sometimes but he was always so calm cool and collected... I used to laugh my a$$ off watching.

                        1. re: roxlet

                          Did you ever read what KQED required of Claudine? It was an act for both series.

                          1. re: wattacetti

                            If it WAS an act, then I hope she has chosen another career!

                            1. re: roxlet

                              I always liked her, and though (as presented, anyway) she started out clueless, she learned a lot. I think that they came off as having a good relationship. On the contrary, I don't think it's smooth sailing between Lidia and her daughter, who does not appear to be interested in cooking, but relies on Mama for both her own paycheck and her husband's. At least she's not arrogant like her brother.

                              I wish PBS would rebroadcast some of M. Pepin's other shows, particularly the older (pre-Julia) series. They've got the Create channel now, so they need 12 shows per day (assuming they stick with the repeating 6-hr blocks), yet instead of using more of their vault content they keep running through the same Lidia/Ming/ATKs over and over.

                              1. re: greygarious

                                That Techniques bare-bones series was killer.

                                1. re: greygarious

                                  Totally off subject, but I have to say that Claudine at Very least was interested and yes, they did have a very good rapport. That daughter of Lidia’s always seems to have a “faccia brutta” look on her face and the rapport in front of the camera is not easy like it is with Claudia and Jacques.

                                  I watched an episode once where Lidia actually took something out of Tanya’s hand that she was trying to do (miserably failing) I wish I could remember exactly what it was, my husband and I both chuckled with “did you see that?” incredulity.

                                  1. re: cgarner

                                    Awful thought: Claudine, Tanya, and Lainie (Bayless) teaming up for a show! ;-)
                                    Of the three I think Tanya is the least sympa.

                                  2. re: greygarious

                                    Why do these cooking show hosts cook with their families; it never seems very comfortable???
                                    And YES, Lidia's "wine expert" son is so arrogant!

                                  3. re: roxlet

                                    I'm sure it was (Claudine that is). She's something high-powered in the wine world, I think. The worst of those was the one where Mrs P appeared and looked like a deer in the headlights in front of the cameras.