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Dec 5, 2012 12:39 PM

Wife is asking you for your help

Today my wife asked me to ask you all if anyone remembers a cooking show she used to watch many years ago. The middle aged woman cooked french peasant food in her own kitchen. All she can remember is the kitchen was 'all white' and the woman was definitely french but spoke broken english. My wife has mentioned this cooking show many times. She watched this show in Ontario probably in the seventies/eighties.

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  1. I wonder if it was Madeleine Kamman's show on PBS? It was called "Madeleine Cooks". I'm not sure of the dates when it aired, but it well may have aired in Ontario on WGBH.

      1. re: Just Visiting

        YES! SHE"S THE ONE! exclaimed my wife when she saw the video. It was like she had identified one of the ten most wanted. LOL Thanks for my wife. "CH really is a great site".

        1. re: Puffin3

          That was the same reaction I had--I distinctly remembered the show and the woman, but for the life of me couldn't recall the name!

          1. re: Puffin3

            I have friends who took classes from Madeleine in Boston. Extraordinary woman with a lot of cooking common sense.

            1. re: Puffin3

              Madeleine Kamman published a revised edition of her classic cookbook in 1997. The new book is called "The New Making of a Cook: The Art, Techniques, and Science of Good Cooking." It's a terrific book, I think one of the best books on French cooking since Julia. Christmas is coming. Do you think your wife might like it?

              1. re: JoanN

                LOL My wife can cook but she leaves it all to me b/c it's one of my hobbies and I really enjoy doing it.........most of the time. I have this 'thing' about collecting cook books. They must be found at garage sales/swap meets/thrift stores and they must be IMO really special ones. I have maybe a hundred. Thanks so much for all your helpful posts.

                1. re: Puffin3

                  I buy nearly all my cookbooks used as well, but unfortunately I'm not as discriminating as you and end up with books on my shelves that I thought would appeal but turned out not to--which might be okay if I were constitutionally capable of selling or giving those away, but I'm not.

          2. Could it have been Madame Benoit? I remember my mother loving her back in the early '70's.


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            1. re: hungryjoanne

              I just watched her on You Tube again. She had an humorous (I don't mean that in a bad way) of ending each sentence. I wonder if this was the geneses of what we now call 'valley girl speak'. You know, how every sentence they utter must sound like a question. LOLOLOL