Jacques Pepin: Heart & Soul
Jacques Pepin's last full series is his most personal yet, featuring never-before-seen footage of his life. It highlights Pepin's 60 years in the kitchen, which includes his apprenticeship as a 13-year-old cooking in some of Paris' most revered establishments such as Meurice and Plaza Athenee, and cooking for French President Charles DeGaulle. It also touches upon a key period in Pepin's life when he crossed the Atlantic and entered the kitchens of New York at Le Pavillon, and his 10 years as director of research at Howard Johnson's.
The series is a reflection of Jacques' history and reveals a more personal side of the internationally renowned chef. Fans and cooking aficionados alike will be given an intimate access to his life - from playing boules at home, visiting the market, and sailing the seas to gathering clams, tucking into lobster rolls at his favorite shack as well as sharing memories, anecdotes and insights into his philosophy of life.
Each episode features creative recipes that combine Pepin's culinary history and travel experiences with his expert teaching skills. Simple dishes for the novice and more involved creations for the seasoned cook are shown and frugal tips offered. Occasionally family or guests are invited to cook alongside Jacques or join him in the dining room. Chefs from across the nation also make contributions, either from their own kitchen, through archival footage or on-camera acknowledgement of Jacques' tutelage and influence.
Viva Mexico! (#118H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Jacques spends some of the winter months at his home-away-from-home, Playa Del Carmen, Mexico. Time basking in the sunshine and savoring the local flavors along with an occasional visit from friend Rick Bayless has inspired him to take us on a culinary adventure, beginning with a refreshing hibiscus flower cocktail. He continues with a duo of superlative seafood dishes of Yucatan ceviche and fillet of sole Riviera with pico de gallo. From sea to pasture, beef fillet mini steaks with mushrooms and shallots makes for a substantial main course. Finally, he ends with a frozen fruit dessert of grapefruit granite with mango and mojito cocktail.
- KQED Life: Wed, Jul 27, 2016 -- 5:30pm Remind me
Ocean Harvest (#120H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Seaside living has, without a doubt, influenced Jacques' repertoire of recipes to include the freshest fish caught close to his own backyard. On today's show, Jacques showcases four sophisticated seafood servings, starting with an expertly executed tuna a la minute. He then skips the beef and substitutes shrimp for a healthy approach to a classic, with shrimp burgers on zucchini. He goes on to garnish his flaky grilled bacalao with an assortment of zesty Mediterranean olives for a light and easy dish that cooks in minutes. Then pasta and shrimp with pressed caviar shavings cooked al dente, or "to the tooth," make for a decadent dish, delivered with aplomb!
Taste Bud Temptations (#109H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Classic French cuisine didn't include raw fish when Jacques was growing up, but now both he and his wife Gloria indulge their appreciation for the natural delicacy with his first recipe of tuna tartare with bagel chips and radishes. Tuna makes a second appearance on the show in the canned version when Jacques combines four simple ingredients to make tuna mascarpone cream, a perfect party appetizer. Jacques then prepares a Spanish tortilla in a step-by-step demonstration, a piece de resistance for any brunch menu. Jacques' granddaughter Shorey stops by to help make a strawberry confiture and a velvety caramelized pear custard. The perfect way to end the meal!
Kitchen Companions (#119H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
There's never a dull moment when Jean-Claude joins Jacques in the kitchen! The dynamic duo team up to create a flavor-filled feast, beginning with octopus stew with onions, paprika and wine served over a creamy polenta. Jean-Claude goes on to prepare the molds while Jacques blends up a velvety mixture for a corn souffle to go alongside Jean-Claude's favorite venison in sweet-and-sour sauce. Prunes in red wine make for the perfect classical ending.
- KQED Life: Wed, Aug 3, 2016 -- 5:30pm Remind me
Cooking Clever (#121H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Budget-friendly dishes made with inexpensive ingredients are packed full of flavor when Jacques steps in. The result? Unforgettable meals. Today, Jacques prepares mussels with cream and chives on soft polenta for an easy seafood dinner. Classic Italian spaghetti a la Bolognese includes Jacques' special tip to make a delicious, hearty and flavorful sauce. Another seasonal favorite, tomato and potato salad with mustard sauce is perfect when tomatoes are ripe and is served on spicy arugula. Finally, a delicate sauteed radicchio salad ends on a savory-bitter note.
Autumn Leaves (#106H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
It's easy to fall in love with Jacques' seasonal menu, starting with a fresh, smooth tomato velvet soup - the name speaks for itself! Then, sliced tomato gratin made with ripe, ruby-red tomatoes and coarse rustic bread, is Jacques' go-to late-summer dish. He continues with a tender grilled lamb shasklik that includes easy, make-ahead instructions and a colorful red cabbage, pistachio and cranberry salad with bleu cheese. Jacques goes on to transform pizza dough into an apple galette, baked to crispy perfection!
- KQED Plus: Sat, Aug 6, 2016 -- 4:30pm Remind me
Global Gastronomy (#110H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Jacques brings together culinary treasures from exotic cuisines around the world. He starts in Asia with Japanese-inspired broiled salmon with miso glaze followed by a colorful feast of chirashi sushi. This smorgasbord of seafood is followed by authentic, vibrant South American flavors in an easy-to-follow recipe of grilled chicken tenders with chimichurri. Jacques then takes our taste buds across the Atlantic to Europe for a spirited ending of sabayon with Madeira and grapes.
Heirloom Favorites (#122H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Jacques cooks down memory lane, sharing anecdotes from his childhood along the way. First, there's a quick tutorial on how to skin a salami. Next, a classic dumpling dish renowned in Lyon, France, follows as Jacques recreates his family's recipe of ricotta quenelles, poached to perfection. He goes on to show off more of his knife skills, filleting a whole fish in preparation for flounder with lemon butter. Then another family favorite: Jacques simmers a satisfying saute of rabbit with mushrooms and cream. And for dessert, he brings his mother's apples in lemon sauce recipe back to life with fresh and simple ingredients.
La Cocina Ole (#107H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Annual trips to Mexico and visits with fellow chef Rick Bayless are the inspiration for Jacques' tasty garlic and pasilla soup. Jacques continues the Mexican-themed menu as he demonstrates his chicken with chili sauce and achiote rice, a recipe that boasts bright, bold aromas and textures. Finally, Jacques puts leftover bananas to good use for his simply scrumptious banana gratin dessert.
- KQED Plus: Sat, Aug 13, 2016 -- 4:30pm Remind me
Offal Good (#111H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
In Jacques' kitchen, nothing goes to waste! Today, he espouses the virtues of offal and prepares a menu of several underutilized "variety meats," including one of his wife's favorites, chicken livers in mushroom port sauce. Jacques then recreates a classic from his childhood in France using offal - tripe and pigs' feet ragout. This hearty, slow-cooked dish flavored with a fragrant bouquet garni is accompanied by pommes persille. Finally, he demonstrates the best techniques for curing and cooking beef tongue and tops it with a ravigote sauce.
Just Ducky! (#123H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
It's a family reunion as Jacques' daughter Claudine lends a helping hand in the kitchen. Together they sip wine, reminiscence and cook some of Claudine's favorite duck recipes, including duck liver mousse with apples and sauteed duck breast with arugula salad and cracklings. Claudine and Jacques share the cutting board to chop up duck skin and whisk up a vinaigrette for this delectable dish. Granddaughter Shorey joins in the fun as she and her beloved Papi whip up a zesty batch of lemon mousseline before sitting down to enjoy this family feast at the dining room table.
Cooking for the President (#108H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Jacques' illustrious cooking career includes time in the Elysee Palace cooking for the French President. At the young age of 22 and alongside his best friend, pastry chef Jean-Claude Szurdak, Jacques cooked classic dishes for the de Gaulle family. Now he replicates them for us beginning with a first course of morel and shrimp eggs en cocotte. The two chefs continue their Presidential menu with a meaty main course of veal chops dijonnaise served on a bed of simple and delicious peas with basil. Together they prepare a decadent chocolate souffle for a perfectly sweet and splendid ending.
- KQED Plus: Sat, Aug 20, 2016 -- 4:30pm Remind me
Cuisine Economique (#124H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Jacques demonstrates how home cooking using quality ingredients doesn't have to break the bank! This style of cooking, learned from his mother, brings together inexpensive ingredients that inspire creative dishes. Black lentil salad with eggs includes a lesson on how to properly boil an egg every time. Jacques adds fresh vegetables to the hearty dish of pork neck and bean fricassee. Then spinach and ricotta lasagna follows as a low-cost classic comfort dish that Jacques pairs with a bold yet budget-friendly red wine.