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.
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!
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.
- KQED Life: Wed, Feb 22, 2017 -- 5:30pm Remind me
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!
Cooking from Le Pelican (#104H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Jacques, alongside his daughter Claudine, recreates his mother's restaurant recipes from Le Pelican, in Lyon, France. The duo begins with a country-style eggs and swiss chard gratin, including a quick step-by-step bechamel demonstration. Jacques goes on to cure his own meat for a belly-warming dish of kale, sausage, ribs and lima bean stew, followed by a springtime stew of radishes made with aromatic walnut oil. Braised veal breast with pearl onions and artichoke, a hearty medley, continues as Jacques and Claudine serve it all up with style, just as ma mere would have done. To end there's a sweet and juicy dessert of melon and blueberries studded with sage sprigs.
- KQED Life: Fri, Feb 24, 2017 -- 5:30pm 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.
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.
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.
Chef In Training (#105H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
A basket of fresh bread is a staple on Jacques' dining table, so he begins the show with an easy fast fougasse. Then using seafood for a unique twist, he makes salmon rillettes to top the fougasse with a tasty bite. While working at the Russian Tea Room in New York, Jacques recalls serving a spice-rubbed poussins a la russe, now a favorite dish of his granddaughter Shorey. He prepares it today as the main course, accompanied by broiled maple sweet potatoes coated with sugary goodness. To close, Shorey arrives for a tutorial from her grandfather on how to make her favorite breakfast food, crepes with Nutella, lemon or jam.
- KQED Life: Fri, Mar 3, 2017 -- 5:30pm 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.
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.
- KQED Life: Wed, Mar 8, 2017 -- 5:30pm Remind me
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.
Catch O' The Day (#112H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Jacques' summer itinerary always includes friends, fishing, and cooking the wonderful bounty from the sea. He begins with a grilled striped bass with olive topping and then, as he loves all mollusks, he takes the time to demonstrate shucking clams two ways. The result is top neck clams with vinegar and scallion sauce, a tasty appetizer and Gloria's linguine with clam sauce, direct from his wife's preferred list. For the final seafood selection, he masterfully fillets and poaches fish for a delectable cod in light cream sauce.
- KQED Life: Mon, Mar 13, 2017 -- 5:30pm Remind me
Wonders of the Sea (#125H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Arriving in New York with a repertoire of French recipes and techniques, Jacques joined the team at Howard Johnson to learn about American food. Today, he shares his expansive knowledge of that cookery, combining it with his traditional French training. Starting with a simple seafood salad, packed with a smorgasbord of marine favorites, then, continuing with the fish theme, making a spicy shrimp with cocktail sauce. He follows with some crispy, Creole-inspired blackfish beignets with spicy sauce, perfect for any brunch or light supper menu.
- KQED Life: Wed, Mar 15, 2017 -- 5:30pm Remind me
Julia Remembered (#113H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Jacques takes a stroll down memory lane as he lovingly prepares dishes once enjoyed with his dear cooking companion Julia Child. Jacques' retrospective menu begins with a shucking lesson, the first steps towards an oyster chowder with potatoes, spinach and corn. Jacques then recreates Julia's classic South of France eggplant-tomato gratin, a dish with layers of rustic flavors. He recalls going head-to-head with Julia for a winning hamburger royale using fresh ground beef and all the fixin's.
- KQED Life: Mon, Mar 20, 2017 -- 5:30pm Remind me
Menu Memories (#126H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Jacques and daughter Claudine reminiscence about past menus enjoyed as a family, but first, Jacques teaches Claudine how to properly sharpen a knife in preparation for filleting a side of salmon for his salmon scaloppini with sorrel sauce. Jacques and Claudine go on to blend aromatic herbs, chunky vegetables and a dash of red wine to make a hearty dish of lamb breast navarin. While the lamb is braising, the two 'go green' with a green salad with mustard dressing using Jacques' favorite leaf: Boston lettuce. Finally, they prepare a caffeine-packed coffee panna cotta, the perfect pick-me-up dessert.
- KQED Life: Wed, Mar 22, 2017 -- 5:30pm Remind me
Gloria's Favorites (#114H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Jacques dedicates today's dishes to his wife Gloria and their many years spent together in the kitchen. He kicks off with an extravagant, yet easy and elegant Pressed Caviar Canape. Jacques then pops the top from a bottle of beer to make a simple batter for his Corn Fritters topped with Smoked Salmon. And while the oil is still hot, he browns Fried Eggplant Fans to a perfect crispy crunch using a tempura batter. Next comes a quick bowl of Vietnamese Hanoi Chicken Soup served with zesty accoutrements. Finally, he utilizes often-overlooked offal for Gloria's memorable Pork Kidneys With Mushroom And Vermouth Sauce.
- KQED Life: Mon, Mar 27, 2017 -- 5:30pm Remind me