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Jacques Pepin--which book?

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Eriden Mar 31, 2013 05:57 PM

Would love to hear which Pepin book is your favorite. I'd like to get one for my husband who LOVES Richard Olney and Nigel Slater's Tender as well as The Splendid Table books. We haven't owned any Pepin books--but I think it might be the perfect addition to our collection.

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    DatatheAndroid Jul 23, 2013 03:19 PM

    I bought Essential Pepin because I read that it was a good beginner's cookbook, and it comes with a DVD. However, it does contain a recipe that tells you how to make a ham sandwich on page 144. Just a basic, no cook ham sandwich. No, I'm not kidding. I think that it is too basic for most people, at least people that have cooked before. Unless you have never cooked in your entire life I would skip it. I cannot comment on his other books because I have not looked at them in detail, but I would like to study them in the future.

    1. pinehurst Jul 23, 2013 02:56 PM

      Everyday Cooking is one of my most beloved cookbooks and has long been #1 with me, even in my profile.

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        chasamark Jul 23, 2013 12:12 PM

        Both La Methode and La Technique were my intro to some great cooking techniques and recipes. I recall that the first time I deboned a Turkey it took nearly two hours. Now I can do a bird in 10 min or so. The pictures are really well done and the steps are well documented.

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          Eriden Apr 2, 2013 02:59 PM

          Thanks everyone! My husband is very skilled I'm the kitchen--and enjoys it, so no worries there. He just wants good food and doesn't want fussiness for the sake of fussiness. But will work hard for great results. It's sounding like the Essentials book may be the way to go. Appreciate the responses!

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            calumin Apr 1, 2013 08:17 PM

            I have the book with Jacques Pepin and Julia Child. I like it because they show recipes from each person so you can compare how each person would prepare the same dish or main ingredient.

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              GH1618 Apr 1, 2013 05:04 PM

              I did choose just one, and just today received my first Pepin book — Essential Pepin (More Than 700 All-Time Favorites from My Life in Food). It's a beautiful book, and exactly what I want in a cookbook — lots of recipes and writing, and no photographs. Added benefit: some sources are practically giving it away! I will be using it soon.

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                GH1618 Apr 1, 2013 08:05 PM

                Quelle horreur! This book misspells "hors d'oeuvre."

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                  greygarious Jul 23, 2013 10:40 AM

                  I passed on it when Costco offered it at $17 when it debuted
                  (list price $40), regretted doing that, and was disappointed that it was gone by my next Costco run.

                  Last week I noticed that new copies are available on eBay for under $13, free shipping. Mine arrived yesterday. I like the unfussiness of most of the recipes, and the variety of fruit desserts that do not involve cake/pastry.

                2. Breadcrumbs Mar 31, 2013 06:31 PM

                  Eriden, not sure if you know but Essential Pepin was a Cookbook of the Month (COTM) here on Chowhound and we had an adjunct thread where we cooked from all other Pepin books. Our experiences with his recipes might provide you with some inspiration based on your husband's tastes.

                  Here's the link to Essential Pepin:

                  http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/825948#7044646

                  Here's a link to the adjunct thread/all other Pepin books:

                  http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8259...

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                    Eriden Mar 31, 2013 08:31 PM

                    Thanks so much for posting those and I will read through. More than anything I'm looking for the answer "if you had to just choose one of his books it would be...." I briefly went through those posts and found a lot on individual recipes--but it wasn't helping me come to a decision on which book to try first....would love to hear some more opinions!

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                      Fowler Mar 31, 2013 09:00 PM

                      "if you had to just choose one of his books it would be.."

                      Hi Eriden, I own a few of his books and have read several others. If I had to recommend just one it would probably be Essential Pepin. It is fairly comprehensive and includes over 700 of his "greatest hits" from over his life. I do not know your husband's culinary knowledge or skill level, but the book also includes a DVD that details some basics and techniques that would be very helpful to someone that does not have much experience.

                      I hope you will let us know which book you end up purchasing and how it worked out for the two of you.

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