JACQUES PEPIN: HEART & SOUL is not just another series showcasing Jacques, his delicious recipes or his amazing technique. This is his last full series which will be his most personal yet featuring never-before-seen footage of his life. HEART & SOUL will highlight 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 will also touch 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 26-episode series is a reflection of Jacques' history and will reveal a more personal side of the internationally renowned chef as we've never seen before. 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 will feature 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 will be shown and frugal tips will be offered. Occasionally family or guests are invited to cook alongside Jacques or join him in the dining room. Chefs from across the nation will, too, make a contribution, either from their own kitchen, through archival footage or on-camera acknowledgement of Jacques' tutelage and influence.

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Cooking Clever

Budget-friendly dishes made with inexpensive ingredients are packed full of flavor when Jacques steps in. The result? Unforgettable meals. Today, Jacques prepares mussels with cream and chives on soft polenta for an easy seafood dinner. Classic Italian spaghetti a la Bolognese includes Jacques' special tip to make a delicious, hearty and flavorful sauce. Another seasonal favorite, tomato and potato salad with mustard sauce is perfect when tomatoes are ripe and is served on spicy arugula. Finally, a delicate sauteed radicchio salad ends on a savory-bitter note.

  • 2017-07-24T04:00:00-07:00
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Heirloom Favorites

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.

  • 2017-07-31T04:00:00-07:00
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Just Ducky!

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.

  • 2017-08-07T04:00:00-07:00
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Cuisine Economique

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.

  • 2017-08-14T04:00:00-07:00
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Wonders of the Sea

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.

  • 2017-08-21T04:00:00-07:00
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