Classic French cuisine didn't include raw fish when Jacques was growing up, but now both he and his wife Gloria indulge their appreciation for the natural delicacy with his first recipe of tuna tartare with bagel chips and radishes. Tuna makes a second appearance on the show in the canned version when Jacques combines four simple ingredients to make tuna mascarpone cream, a perfect party appetizer. Jacques then prepares a Spanish tortilla in a step-by-step demonstration, a piece de resistance for any brunch menu.
Jacques brings together culinary treasures from exotic cuisines around the world. He starts in Asia with Japanese-inspired broiled salmon with miso glaze followed by a colorful feast of chirashi sushi. This smorgasbord of seafood is followed by authentic, vibrant South American flavors in an easy-to-follow recipe of grilled chicken tenders with chimichurri. Jacques then takes our taste buds across the Atlantic to Europe for a spirited ending of sabayon with Madeira and grapes.
In Jacques' kitchen, nothing goes to waste! Today, he espouses the virtues of offal and prepares a menu of several underutilized "variety meats," including one of his wife's favorites, chicken livers in mushroom port sauce. Jacques then recreates a classic from his childhood in France using offal - tripe and pigs' feet ragout. This hearty, slow-cooked dish flavored with a fragrant bouquet garni is accompanied by pommes persille. Finally, he demonstrates the best techniques for curing and cooking beef tongue and tops it with a ravigote sauce.
Jacques' summer itinerary always includes friends, fishing, and cooking the wonderful bounty from the sea. He begins with a grilled striped bass with olive topping and then, as he loves all mollusks, he takes the time to demonstrate shucking clams two ways. The result is top neck clams with vinegar and scallion sauce, a tasty appetizer and Gloria's linguine with clam sauce, direct from his wife's preferred list. For the final seafood selection, he masterfully fillets and poaches fish for a delectable cod in light cream sauce.