French Chef Classics

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Cooking legend and cultural icon Julia Child introduced French cuisine to American kitchens in 1963, with the pioneering public television series The French Chef. Unlike anything ever seen on television before, it was entertaining and real in a way that influenced every culinary television program that followed.

In her passionate, capable, and approachable way, Child changed the way Americans cook, eat, and think about food. She was a natural television star, warm and exuberant and ready to share all of the lessons she had learned from Le Cordon Bleu in Paris and her years of work on her groundbreaking cookbook, Mastering the Art of French Cooking.Julia presented the nuances of every recipe while also teaching her audience the basics of French cooking, from the proper way to choose and prepare cuts of meat, chop and sauté onions, achieve the perfect simmer and how to flambé safely. Never afraid to make mistakes on camera, she used them to her advantage to show her viewers how to adapt with confidence.

In honor of what would have been Julia Child’s 100th birthday on August 15, 2012 this special collection of three original black-and-white episodes of THE FRENCH CHEF from the 1960s features Julia preparing some of her favorite French classics — French Onion Soup, Quiche Lorraine and French Tarts, Apple Style.

Distributed by: American Public Television (APT)
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French Onion Soup

Episode #101H · The most popular French soup, and superb Mediterranean vegetable soup. Illustrates: How to slice onions fast; how to cook and brown onions; hot to make onion soup gratinee; hot to make simple and tasty vegetable soup; how to chop vegetables fast; how to make a cheese and garlic sauce for soup.

French Onion Soup

Episode #101 · The most popular French soup, and superb Mediterranean vegetable soup. Illustrates: How to slice onions fast; how to cook and brown onions; hot to make onion soup gratinee; hot to make simple and tasty vegetable soup; how to chop vegetables fast; how to make a cheese and garlic sauce for soup.

Quiche Lorraine

Episode #102H · Everybody's favorite French cheese pie. Illustrates: How to make a perfect pie dough, and pastry shell; how to make several types of quiches.

Quiche Lorraine

Episode #102 · Everybody's favorite French cheese pie. Illustrates: How to make a perfect pie dough, and pastry shell; how to make several types of quiches.

French Tarts, Apple Style

Episode #103H · Julia Child makes three French favorites: Tarte aux Pommes Classique, Tarte des Demoiselles and Tartin.

French Tarts, Apple Style

Episode #103 · Julia Child makes three French favorites: Tarte aux Pommes Classique, Tarte des Demoiselles and Tartin.