Essential Pepin (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $40),the new book of recipes from one of the world’s best-known chefs, is not merely a collection of Jacques Pepin’s greatest hits. In assembling more than 700 of his favorite recipes, Pepin shows his evolution from classic French chef a half-century ago to “an American cook” today. Never losing sight of the essentials of great cooking—simplicity, seasonal ingredients, and exceptional taste—he has adapted and modified some of his signature dishes to match current tastes and values. Reflecting Pepin’s breadth, clarity, and inventiveness in his twin roles as culinary luminary and television teacher, the Essential Pepin is indeed an essential addition to any cook’s library—and it comes with a DVD.
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