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New Jacques Pépin series to look forward to

buttertart Sep 28, 2010 08:35 AM

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

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    cgarner Sep 28, 2010 09:59 AM

    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
      buttertart Sep 28, 2010 10:07 AM

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

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        nvcook Nov 21, 2010 09:28 PM

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

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        bread Sep 28, 2010 10:40 AM

        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. LindaWhit Sep 28, 2010 11:09 AM

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

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            buttertart Sep 28, 2010 11:11 AM

            I reckon - KQED is the San Francisco PBS station.

            1. re: LindaWhit
              greygarious Oct 22, 2011 07:37 PM

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

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                LindaWhit Oct 23, 2011 06:19 AM

                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: LindaWhit
                  greygarious Oct 23, 2011 08:11 AM

                  Episodes can be watched online here: http://blogs.kqed.org/essentialpepin/

                  1. re: greygarious
                    LindaWhit Oct 23, 2011 08:28 AM

                    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
                      buttertart Oct 23, 2011 08:31 AM

                      Because the Left coast is the Best coast ;-)

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                        LindaWhit Oct 23, 2011 08:32 AM

                        But our sports teams win more championships. :-P

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

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                          buttertart Oct 23, 2011 08:39 AM

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

            2. dave_c Sep 28, 2010 11:20 AM

              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. buttertart Sep 29, 2010 06:06 AM

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

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                  cgarner Sep 29, 2010 07:32 AM

                  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)

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                    buttertart Sep 29, 2010 07:37 AM

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

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                      roxlet Sep 29, 2010 10:17 AM

                      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!

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                        cgarner Sep 29, 2010 12:10 PM

                        @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.

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                          wattacetti Sep 30, 2010 07:23 AM

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

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                            roxlet Sep 30, 2010 09:55 AM

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

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                              greygarious Sep 30, 2010 11:24 AM

                              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.

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                                buttertart Sep 30, 2010 03:26 PM

                                That Techniques bare-bones series was killer.

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                                  cgarner Oct 1, 2010 01:18 PM

                                  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.

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                                    buttertart Oct 1, 2010 01:43 PM

                                    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
                                    ChefGirl412 Nov 2, 2010 11:17 PM

                                    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
                                    buttertart Sep 30, 2010 03:27 PM

                                    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.

                        2. John E. Sep 30, 2010 09:16 PM

                          I agree, please no Claudine on this show.

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                            paulj Oct 17, 2011 06:56 PM

                            You are out of luck
                            We get a 3 for 1 on this episode - 3 generations

                            "What does your dad do again, I forgot"
                            "He's a cook..."
                            "He's a chef!"
                            "He works at a restaurant"

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                              John E. Oct 18, 2011 08:04 PM

                              As much as I respect Pepin and have enjoyed his past television cooking shows, if his daughter is going to be on every or even many episodes (not to mention his grand-daughter), I'll have to miss out on this program.

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                                Breezychow Oct 18, 2011 08:10 PM

                                I fully agree. Love Mr. Pepin, but really can't stand the episodes with his daughter "assisting". But I feel that way with all the shows where family members are brought on - "Mad Hungry" Lucinda Scala Quinn; Rick Bayless; Ina Garten, etc., etc. It just brings a false cutesiness to the shows that, for me, is like fingernails on a blackboard. The minute I see a family member stumble into the kitchen, I change the channel.

                                1. re: Breezychow
                                  paulj Oct 19, 2011 12:01 PM

                                  Does an assistant or sidekick ever work on a cooking show, regardless of whether they are relatives or not? Or does it spoil the illusion that the chef is giving you a one-on-one class?

                                  Are relatives especially bad in this role because they spoil the illusion that the chef is professional, as opposed to being father or mother? What about Ming's parents?

                                  How about Joanne Weir's students? I haven't watched one of her CreateTV 'cooking classes' in full, but can't place why I am not more interested.

                                2. re: John E.
                                  paulj Oct 18, 2011 08:54 PM

                                  I dare you to go to that kqed page and make that comment for all his fans (maybe even Jacques) to see! :)

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                                    John E. Oct 19, 2011 10:11 AM

                                    I realize your post was written in jest, but it would never occur to me to make a special effort to do something like that.

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                                  greygarious Nov 6, 2011 05:58 PM

                                  The episode including that exchange between Jacques and his little granddaughter was on today. IMO, it was completely charming. She's adorable, clearly happy to be there, and actually eager to help Grandpere make dessert. What a contrast to the Bastianich kids, who seem uncomfortable on camera and uninterested in helping prepare (or eat) their prodding nonna's food.

                              2. bon oeuf Oct 1, 2010 01:44 PM

                                Pepin is a favorite of mine. I'm very happy to hear this!

                                1. buttertart Oct 12, 2010 06:26 AM

                                  Mention was made of one of the shows airing in December, so be on the lookout.

                                  1. Jay2512 Oct 12, 2010 06:38 AM

                                    I look forward to it, too. However, I'm hoping it won't be a rehash of the cooking technique series he made years ago. Pepin has a tendency to do things the same way over and over, e.g. lion's tooth croutons, swan cream puffs, decorating the top of liver pate with pieces of scallion and carrot arranged into a tulip plant, the sugar cage.

                                    Sometimes, that's good; sometimes not so much.

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                                      Claudette Oct 14, 2010 10:42 AM

                                      Yes, Jacque's very old-fashioned, but since I see my mom's clothes back in fashion as "Vintage" now, I think his "vintage" cooking will outlast the molecular stuff being done nowadays (even though I absolutely adore Jose Andres' cooking).

                                    2. Withnail42 Oct 12, 2010 04:39 PM

                                      That's some very good news indeed!! Already looking forward to it!

                                      1. Shrinkrap Oct 13, 2010 07:35 PM

                                        Yeah! I feel even BETTER about my recent membership renewal!

                                        1. cassoulady Oct 15, 2010 07:10 AM

                                          I love Jacques Pepin!! I think he really takes restaurant cooking and brings it to the home chef and encourages improvising. I found his Fast Food shows very good and packed with ideas.

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                                          1. re: cassoulady
                                            buttertart Oct 15, 2010 07:20 AM

                                            I watched each of those shows as many times as it was on. Channel 21 (NY) has an odd habit of repeating shows within series for no discernable reason.

                                          2. buttertart Oct 25, 2010 11:28 AM

                                            M. Pépin has finished taping and is on his way home, according to FB. Claudine was mentioned in several spots, not sure if this will feature her or if she's "support staff".

                                            1. buttertart Nov 18, 2010 09:46 AM

                                              Saw a show aired last weekend that seemed to be a new "More Fast Food my Way" - with Claudine - poached salmon, peas and carrots, graham cracker dessert. Think this must be the new one, Claudine seemed older and less maladroit. The recipes didn't float my boat but it's a nice show.

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                                              1. re: buttertart
                                                greygarious Nov 18, 2010 10:41 AM

                                                That's not a new one.

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                                                  buttertart Nov 18, 2010 10:56 AM

                                                  I don't remember Claudine in those though.

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                                                    greygarious Nov 18, 2010 02:24 PM

                                                    She was in several of them - they talked about her daughter, and cooking at high elevation.

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                                                      buttertart Nov 19, 2010 07:00 AM

                                                      Guess local PBS didn't show those episodes until now, I saw most of them about 5 times each.

                                              2. junescook Nov 20, 2010 05:27 PM

                                                Jacques and Goria (and their little dog Paco) live hear in CT, either Branford or Guilford. Their daughter Claudine and at least one child the last time he mentioned, lives in Seattle. He is as genuine in person as he is in any of his his books or his programs. They are, of course quite proud of her.

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                                                  buttertart Nov 21, 2010 04:20 PM

                                                  Love that man.

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                                                  toonie Jan 29, 2011 08:34 PM

                                                  I am currently reading Jacque's autobiography, The Apprentice. Pepin taught private classes for a while and certain questions came up frequently. On the shows that he did with his daughter the idea was that she would ask questions that had come up frequently but KQED didn't want her to do any of the actual cooking.

                                                  1. buttertart Oct 16, 2011 08:33 AM

                                                    Oh ho ho here we go, on WNET 13 this coming Saturday at 12 noon. DVR is already set.

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                                                      bushwickgirl Oct 17, 2011 08:48 AM

                                                      Thanks for the update, I'm so excited!

                                                    2. paulj Oct 17, 2011 07:07 PM

                                                      behind the scenes photos
                                                      Looks like there's a crew of about a dozen.

                                                      1. buttertart Oct 23, 2011 07:29 AM

                                                        Anyone see it? Was supposed to be on WNET 13 and WLIW 21 yesterday, I have it on DVR.

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                                                          EM23 Oct 23, 2011 12:05 PM

                                                          It will be on WLIW 13 in NYC and environs at 3:30 today - take a walk on a beautiful day vs. a half hour with Jacques???

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                                                            bushwickgirl Oct 23, 2011 03:27 PM

                                                            Drat, missed it, but WLIW in NYC is channel 21. I'm sure it'll be a repeat.

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                                                              EM23 Oct 23, 2011 04:50 PM

                                                              Sorry if I confused you. It was on PBS/ Ch. 13 today. I missed it as well - my dog wanted to play outside.
                                                              And it was on WLIW 21 yesterday around noon - I missed that one too but, you are right Girl, sure to be repeated.

                                                              1. re: EM23
                                                                paulj Oct 23, 2011 07:34 PM

                                                                Look for online videos at the San Francisco PBS website.

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