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Nov 26, 2012 05:57 AM

Julia and Jacques

I've been enjoying the reruns of this show lately. Cracks me up when they disagree. "Don't you like this Julia"? "No, Jack, I do not"?

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  1. I've also been watching that. It's totally great. I love watching Julia hand off the menial tasks -- "here, Jack, chop this."

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    1. re: JonParker

      The companion book to the series is a must read. Goes in depth as to their particular preferences for styles and techniques and how their tastes have evolved over time. Jacques had a telling quote about how young chefs are all about adding more ingredients and more levels of techniques to dishes whereas, as he gets older, he's more about stripping away these levels to get at fundamental flavors.

      1. re: monkeyrotica

        I have the book but have just recently started revisiting it. I wonder if Jon and Julia and Jaques would make a good movie.

        1. re: JonParker

          I'm also enjoying "Essential Pepin." "And now we let that simmer for a while, long enough to enjoy a glass of wine."

      2. re: JonParker

        My favorite moment is when he adds port to the mushrooms, and in her opinion it's not enough. While he has his back turned, doing something else, she slowly and deliberately picks up the bottle and adds another healthy splash..

        1. re: jmckee

          That's funny. I remember something like that in the opposite way. Jaques was adding something to a dish and Julia thought it was too much and was sort of protesting as he added more. Later in the show she made some comment about how good the dish was and Jacques sort of asked with a grin if there was too much of ingedient "X" in there, and she either said it was perfect or it could use a little more, I forget which, but Jacques was grinning the whole time.

      3. I loved the show Then and I'm loving it all over again. Especially love the never ending teasing about who likes black pepper and who prefers the white.

        1. Count me in. Love this show.

          1. The only thing I noticed in Julia's later shows where she teamed up with other chefs is that she often seemed quite a bit more contrary - sometimes almost to the cranky point. I much prefered her older shows. In fact, have them all on dvd.

            1. I always enjoy the episode where they are each preparing a roast chicken, and Julia starts talking about salmonella and thoroughly washing her chicken with soap and water. Jacques comments, “I don’t wash my chicken” and Julia replies with something to the effect that in France they are not as worried about such cleanliness issues. Jacques replies, “but I live in Connecticut”. Love those two together - it never gets old.

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              1. re: EM23

                Have all of Julia's cookbooks & all of her television shows on dvd. Not once has she ever washed any poultry with "soap and water". A thorough rinse under running water only. Soap? Never. Think about it - who in their right mind (never mind Julia Child) would apply soap directly to food? It would be absorbed. Doesn't make any sense.

                Now cleaning up after dealing with raw poultry? LOTS of soap & hot water.

                1. re: Bacardi1

                  You are absolutely right Bacardi, thanks. My brain said "hot water", yet my fingers typed "soap and water" - doh!