The Apprentice: My Life in the Kitchen by Jacques PépinIn this captivating memoir, the man whom Julia Child has called the best chef in America tells the story of his rise from a frightened apprentice in an exacting Old World kitchen to an Emmy Award winning superstar who taught millions of Americans how to cook and shaped the nations tastes in the bargain.
We see young Jacques as a homesick six-year-old boy in war-ravaged France, working on a farm in exchange for food, dodging bombs, and bearing witness as German soldiers capture his father, a fighter in the Resistance. Soon Jacques is caught up in the hurly-burly action of his mothers café, where he proves a natural. He endures a literal trial by fire and works his way up the ladder in the feudal system of Frances most famous restaurant, finally becoming Charles de Gaulles personal chef, watching the world being refashioned from the other side of the kitchen door.
When he comes to America, Jacques immediately falls in with a small group of as-yet-unknown food lovers, including Craig Claiborne, James Beard, and Julia Child, whose adventures redefine American food. Through it all, Jacques proves himself to be a master of the American art of reinvention: earning a graduate degree from Columbia University, turning down a job as John F. Kennedys chef to work at Howard Johnsons, and, after a near-fatal car accident, switching careers once again to become a charismatic leader in the revolution that changed the way Americans approached food. Included as well are approximately forty all-time favorite recipes created during the course of a career spanning nearly half a century, from his mothers utterly simple cheese soufflé to his wifes pork ribs and red beans.
The Apprentice is the poignant and sometimes funny tale of a boys coming of age. Beyond that, it is the story of Americas culinary awakening and the transformation of food from an afterthought to a national preoccupation.
How Jacques Pépin met his wife, Gloria, on the ski slopes.
Chef Jacques Pépin Loves Cooking With and For His Grandchildren
Famed for his French cooking style, the chef has graced the American and French television since the late s. In addition to this, he has authored a lot of cookbooks, many of which became best sellers. He was born on December 18, , in Bourg-en-Bresse, France. A degree in He bagged his M. His mother is a chef and his father was the owner of the restaurant.
Working with Julia Child, Jacques Pepin was one of the first chefs on television to become a household name. For recipes and to see a collection of 36 videos featuring Pepin and his granddaughter cooking, talking manners and setting a table, go to surlatable. Question: All of your books and shows provide a personal approach, but this seems to have a different intent. Pepin: You know, La Technique was an illustrated manual of cooking for professionals, starting at the beginning. Then I did one for cardiac patients. Those are all very focused on a specific area of food. Here, we were not even going to do a book.
Jacques Pépin on Food Trends, Picky Eaters and Cooking with Kids
The documentary airs Friday, May 26 at 9 p. Recently I talked to Pepin by phone. This interview has been edited for length and clarity. For the record: An earlier version of this post incorrectly stated that the documentary airs May 27 at 10 p. It airs May 26 at 9 p.
Imagine a marketplace with hundreds of specialty food purveyors, plus cooking demos, tastings and hands-on workshops. We recently caught up with Jacques Pepin and peppered him with questions. At the end of a long day, what do you cook for just yourself? First of all, I never cook for myself. I do not like to eat alone. For me cooking is all about pleasing other people. If I have to eat alone, I prepare a sandwich and a glass of wine.