In Julia's Kitchen with Master Chefs

Julia Child invites into her kitchen some of the most well-known and respected chefs in the world, including Rick Bayless, Charlie Trotter, Daniel Boulud, Leah Chase, Jacques Torres, Madhur Jaffrey and more. She believed in watching and learning from practiced chefs, gathering ideas from what they demonstrate, and adapting them to our own home kitchens. These master chefs take pride in teaching real, basic techniques that everyday cooks can use successfully in their own kitchens.

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Roberto Donna

Episode #101 · Chef Roberto Donna creates pizza margherita and panino di pizza, and demonstrates his techniques for making pizza dough -- gently kneading, petting, patting and tossing the dough to avoid disturbing the yeast. He also suggests tearing basil leaves to get the best flavor.

Jasper White

Episode #102 · Chef Jasper White creates a New England fish chowder and his special pan-roasted lobster. He also demonstrates his trick for getting all the meat out of a lobster claw.

Lynne Rossetto Kasper

Episode #103 · Lynne Rossetto Kasper creates a "Renaissance-style" roast leg of lamb inspired by Italian cooking of the 16th century. She also prepares a sumptuous side dish of green beans with fresh mortadella, savoring the tastes of her Italian heritage.

Jimmy Sneed

Episode #104 · Chef Jimmy Sneed cooks soft-shell crabs with fresh pasta and cole slaw. He demonstrates how anyone can make fresh pasta at home, and how to clean a soft-shell crab before cooking it.

Madhur Jaffrey

Episode #105 · Cookbook author and teacher Madhur Jaffrey creates two southern Indian dishes: shrimp in spicy coconut sauce and basmati rice with dill. Using blends of Indian spices, Jaffrey demonstrates ways to intensify or change flavors and aromas in Indian cooking.

Daniel Boulud

Episode #106 · Chef Daniel Boulud prepares a dish of roasted veal chops and sweetbreads. Boulud uses various techniques and an array of vegetables to add touches of sweet and sour flavoring to this dish.

Jim Dodge

Episode #107 · Master baker and teacher Jim Dodge creates a chocolate buttermilk fudge cake, offering tips on how to make the cake moist and the frosting smooth. He also demonstrates the best way to frost and decorate cakes, as well as techniques for preparing crystallized rose petals.

Charlie Trotter

Episode #108 · Chef Charlie Trotter prepares one of his innovative main dishes, Seared Scallops With Curried Carrot Broth, and follows this entree with a modern fruit dessert, Warm Peach Soup With a Trio of Sorbets-- blackberry, yogurt, and watermelon.

Leah Chase

Episode #109 · Chef Leah Chase cooks up her famous fried chicken, baking-powder biscuits and sweet potato pie on a pecan crust, giving viewers a taste of her New Orleans fare. Chase provides some "no-nonsense" steps for preparing down-home cooking.

Christopher Gross

Episode #110 · Chef Christopher Gross creates alder-smoked loin of beef with red wine and shallot sauce, and a Middle Eastern grain dish -- farecki, paired with harissa. He also shows viewers how to make thin "411" potato chips (so-called because of the ratio of ingredients).

Jody Adams

Episode #111 · Chef Jody Adams Cambridge, Massachusetts, creates a braised, stuffed breast of veal over a bed of polenta. As she cooks, Adams offers numerous tips for the home cook, including the benefit of using whole garlic in sauces to thicken without fat, and the potential dangers of swallowing bay leaves.

Zarela Martinez

Episode #112 · Zarela Martinez creates a Mexican dish, tamales with mole verde, using such authentic ingredients as corn flour, lard, corn husks, herbs and tomatillos. The program closes with Martinez providing the recipe for the margaritas she and Julia sip as the final credits roll.

Jean-Georges Vongerichten

Episode #113 · Jean-Georges Vongerichten creates a three-course Thai meal of crab spring rolls, Thai marinated beef with rice noodles, and marinated fruit with white peppercorn ice cream and candied rose petals. His style of cooking uses very little fat.

Rick Bayless

Episode #114 · Rick Bayless prepares two Mexican dishes: chile-glazed country ribs and a rustic jicama salad. Bayless demonstrates how to deflame onions through blanching, as well as techniques for cooking each dish and presenting the plate.

Gordon Hamersley

Episode #115 · Gordon Hamersley creates a roast chicken with garlic and lemon. As a side dish, he roasts onions in their skins; for dessert, he prepares warm peach tarts.

Dean Fearing

Episode #116 · Dean Fearing prepares shrimp diablo with caesar salad and corn tamales. He offers advice about working with hot peppers.

Reed Hearon

Episode #117 · Reed Hearon prepares frito misto with aioli. He provides cooking hints and recommendations, and demonstrates how to make iron-skillet mussels and salt-encrusted cod.

Johanne Killeen and George Germon

Episode #118 · Husband and wife George Germon and Johanne Killeen, originally trained as artists, taught themselves how to cook. They create a triple citrus meringue tart, stressing the importance of keeping all the crust ingredients cold when using a food processor.

Carol Field

Episode #119 · Author, teacher and baker Carol Field prepares grissini (bread sticks) and rustic country bread with which she makes bruschetta. Field offers a number of tips and hints, such as using wet hands when dealing with wet dough.

Michael Lomonaco

Episode #120 · Chef Michael Lomonaco marinates quail and venison, then creates boar bacon and rabbit sausage to form a mixed game grill. Using indirect heating with the coals on one side, Lomonaco cooks these dishes together outside on the grill. Back in the kitchen, he creates a berry relish and home-fried potatoes.

Monique Barbeau

Episode #121 · Chef Monique Barbeau prepares tequila cured gravlax with savory dill pancakes. Using fresh salmon (with skin), she cures the fish in tequila and spices, and then makes a creme fraiche with tomatoes to use as a sauce over the gravlax. Next she prepares dill pancakes without eggs. Finally, Barbeau puts all the elements together to form a small sandwich that's topped with fried capers.

Jacques Torres

Episode #122 · Jacques Torres creates a chocolate presentation with pralines. First he demonstrates his technique for tempering dark and white chocolate. Then, once the chocolates have been melted, Torres applies the melted chocolate to florist-style plastic wrap, bubble wrap and molds. When the chocolate sets, he cuts and designs the chocolate in an artistic presentation; then he creates non-brittle pralines using a wide assortment of nuts.

Alfred Portale

Episode #123 · Alfred Portale creates duck soup with foie gras ravioli and black truffles. He demonstrates how to bone a duck and offers hints for its preparation. Portale also provides a great deal of information about the wild and fresh vegetables he uses in the soup.

Mark Militello

Episode #124 · Chef Mark Militello creates a hearts of palm salad to complement his Jamaican-style yellowtail red snapper. He uses hot peppers in his salad and recommends coating your fingers with oil to protect from the heat. Militello also offers other tips, such as scoring the fish to prevent it from curling up and shrinking, and flipping the fish away from oneself when frying so that the oil or butter doesn't splash back.