Alone In The Kitchen With An Old Frenchman

Recently French chef Jacques Pépin turned 80 and retired. Over the years, he educated viewers of Public Television on how to cook and, something that no other cooking show host has done, techniques in the kitchen with wisdom, humor and a smattering of French lessons. As Gilad Edelman wrote in a Slate article, this man will teach you how to cook

Cuisine Économique

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. (Web only video recipe: Carrots and Chives)

Pork Neck and Bean Stew

“Pork neck bones are meaty, and when braised, the meat is moist, tender, and tasty. This is a dish to eat with good friends and family, as you have to use your fingers and nibble on the bones to really enjoy them. This inexpensive stew gets even better when reheated. It also freezes well.” —Jacques Pépin

Carrots with Chives

“Thinly sliced carrots cook in just a few minutes. They can be sliced ahead but are best sautéed at the last moment. By the time the liquid evaporates, the carrots will have glazed in the butter, oil, and sugar.” —Jacques Pépin