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From legendary chef Jacques Pépin, a book celebrating his lifelong love of chickens, featuring dozens of his celebrated paintings and more than fifty recipes, along with a treasure trove of poignant and often humorous stories Chicken may not be an extravagant ingredient, but for master chef Jacques Pépin, it is the one he turns to most frequently--to cook and to paint. In t From legendary chef Jacques Pépin, a book celebrating his lifelong love of chickens, featuring dozens of his celebrated paintings and more than fifty recipes, along with a treasure trove of poignant and often humorous stories Chicken may not be an extravagant ingredient, but for master chef Jacques Pépin, it is the one he turns to most frequently--to cook and to paint. In this beautifully illustrated book, Pépin reminisces on his life through the lens of the humble bird, from his childhood in rural France, where he chased chickens and watched as his maman turned them into her poulet á la créme, to his demanding apprenticeship and long, illustrious career--cooking Chicken Chasseur for Charles de Gaulle and his family; turning down a chance to work as JFK's White House Chef for a job at Howard Johnson's; and appearing on television alongside food-world luminaries like Julia Child. Throughout are Pépin's favorite chicken and egg recipes, conveyed as if he were sharing them over a dinner table. Most significantly, the book displays dozens of Pépin's stunning paintings of chickens. "If it clucks or scratches, it's likely that Pépin has painted it." This unique book is the next best thing to a visit to Pépin's home, which would include a tour of his art studio, captivating conversation as he cooks, and a toast with a glass of wine over a simple meal of perfect roast chicken.


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From legendary chef Jacques Pépin, a book celebrating his lifelong love of chickens, featuring dozens of his celebrated paintings and more than fifty recipes, along with a treasure trove of poignant and often humorous stories Chicken may not be an extravagant ingredient, but for master chef Jacques Pépin, it is the one he turns to most frequently--to cook and to paint. In t From legendary chef Jacques Pépin, a book celebrating his lifelong love of chickens, featuring dozens of his celebrated paintings and more than fifty recipes, along with a treasure trove of poignant and often humorous stories Chicken may not be an extravagant ingredient, but for master chef Jacques Pépin, it is the one he turns to most frequently--to cook and to paint. In this beautifully illustrated book, Pépin reminisces on his life through the lens of the humble bird, from his childhood in rural France, where he chased chickens and watched as his maman turned them into her poulet á la créme, to his demanding apprenticeship and long, illustrious career--cooking Chicken Chasseur for Charles de Gaulle and his family; turning down a chance to work as JFK's White House Chef for a job at Howard Johnson's; and appearing on television alongside food-world luminaries like Julia Child. Throughout are Pépin's favorite chicken and egg recipes, conveyed as if he were sharing them over a dinner table. Most significantly, the book displays dozens of Pépin's stunning paintings of chickens. "If it clucks or scratches, it's likely that Pépin has painted it." This unique book is the next best thing to a visit to Pépin's home, which would include a tour of his art studio, captivating conversation as he cooks, and a toast with a glass of wine over a simple meal of perfect roast chicken.

30 review for Jacques Pépin Art of the Chicken: A Master Chef's Paintings, Stories, and Recipes of the Humble Bird

  1. 4 out of 5

    Julie

    I bought this book for one of my sons-in-law for Christmas but had to read it first. I couldn’t put it down! The illustrations are charmingly quirky and adorable but the text —- well it’s almost as if a friend is recounting his life and favorite cooking experiences with you over an extended visit. Jacques has certainly lived a full and extraordinary life filled with hard work, meeting great people, doing what he loves with passion and joy and of course sharing it all with his great love, Gloria. I bought this book for one of my sons-in-law for Christmas but had to read it first. I couldn’t put it down! The illustrations are charmingly quirky and adorable but the text —- well it’s almost as if a friend is recounting his life and favorite cooking experiences with you over an extended visit. Jacques has certainly lived a full and extraordinary life filled with hard work, meeting great people, doing what he loves with passion and joy and of course sharing it all with his great love, Gloria. I might borrow this book from Jason or even get my own copy!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Amy Gressell

    Who would have thought a chicken could be so beautiful?! This book is more art than it is recipes. Jacques Pépin is a chef and an artist and I want to buy a one of his beautiful chicken paintings for my kitchen. He's also a lovely storyteller. It was interesting to read about his culinary adventures and his childhood in France and how that influenced his cooking. "I believe that eggs are the perfect food ... It is the modest, unpretentious, and universally democratic ingredient of any cuisine, fro Who would have thought a chicken could be so beautiful?! This book is more art than it is recipes. Jacques Pépin is a chef and an artist and I want to buy a one of his beautiful chicken paintings for my kitchen. He's also a lovely storyteller. It was interesting to read about his culinary adventures and his childhood in France and how that influenced his cooking. "I believe that eggs are the perfect food ... It is the modest, unpretentious, and universally democratic ingredient of any cuisine, from a French omelet to a Spanish tortilla to a Chinese egg foo yong to an Italian frittata. Eggs are extraordinarily beautiful, with the perfect shape, and they come in a foolproof container." His "recipes" are inspiring, yet admittedly vague because he cooks from his heart. I simply wanted more specifics!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Patricia Tucker

    Absolutely wonderful! Chef Jacques Pepin has lead an extraordinary life. This book is about his cooking and painting, in his own words. Years ago I read “The Apprentice: My Life in the Kitchen” and thoroughly enjoyed it. Now, with this book, I can enjoy his art and his words. In Jacques own words…”Cooking should be fun and relaxing, and to aid in the process, please cook with a glass of wine.” Happy cooking, happy painting, Chef!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Pam

    This is not a cookbook. Repeat. This is not a cookbook. And there are not really what I consider recipes. However, this is a delightful book where Jacques Pepin tells stories from his life all centering around chicken. And the book is full of his art of chickens. The stories are charming and I love the art. This was thoroughly enjoyable. I received a free copy from Goodreads but my opinions are my own.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Sheena Davis

    I'm a Jacques super fan so there is very little he does, that I won't love. His chicken paintings and stories were adorable. The inclusion of "recipes" in the title is a bit misleading. This is not a cookbook by any stretch. And while it does include the description of chicken dishes for inspiration, very few have enough information (measures, temp, cook times) to actually replicate them. I'm a Jacques super fan so there is very little he does, that I won't love. His chicken paintings and stories were adorable. The inclusion of "recipes" in the title is a bit misleading. This is not a cookbook by any stretch. And while it does include the description of chicken dishes for inspiration, very few have enough information (measures, temp, cook times) to actually replicate them.

  6. 5 out of 5

    RICHARD G.

    I have and read over 1000 cookbooks Love them all. Each evening I prepare something different Visited the great kitchens of the world WATCH JACQUES ON TV. JUST GREAT BUT, OF ALL MY BOOKS, KINDLE ADDITION OF JACQUES ART OF THE CHICKEN MAY BE THE BEST OF THE BEST. RICHARD SPRING, BOCA RATON.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Sabrina Nelson

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This book, the paintings of the chickens are very funny. I enjoyed reading Jacque's story. I really liked how he did the recipes. Where you are able to decide on how much of this ingredient you would like to add or don't add to much of this. The French Toast I am going to try, and the Poached Eggs in Wine Sauce still has me questioning. This book, the paintings of the chickens are very funny. I enjoyed reading Jacque's story. I really liked how he did the recipes. Where you are able to decide on how much of this ingredient you would like to add or don't add to much of this. The French Toast I am going to try, and the Poached Eggs in Wine Sauce still has me questioning.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    I love chickens. I have pictures, prints, I've sewn chickens. But, I love to eat them most of all! I loved this book. It is a story of Mr Pepin's whole life, and around it is chickens! I find him to be a living master chef and am pleased he is still on PBS and writing books. I never knew he painted, and they are lovely! Bravo! I love chickens. I have pictures, prints, I've sewn chickens. But, I love to eat them most of all! I loved this book. It is a story of Mr Pepin's whole life, and around it is chickens! I find him to be a living master chef and am pleased he is still on PBS and writing books. I never knew he painted, and they are lovely! Bravo!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Vicky

    What a delight this book is. From the fabulous chicken paintings by Jacques himself, to the writing of his culinary journey. This is not a cookbook but a food memoir from a man who should be considered a national treasure. I highly recommend.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Brian Williams

    Wonderful book. It's mostly biographical with some recipes/tips for chicken. The illustrations are bright and vivid. The chapter "Cooking with Julia" is a real treat. Wonderful book. It's mostly biographical with some recipes/tips for chicken. The illustrations are bright and vivid. The chapter "Cooking with Julia" is a real treat.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Connie

    This book is beautiful! Part memoir and full of paintings of chickens!

  12. 4 out of 5

    P R

    I loved the artwork!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Rhonda

    This is a wonderful book full of artwork and stories from one of the most well known chefs in the world. For someone who mastered cooking Pepin also engages with the reader and is a talented artist.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Karen

    It's not really a cookbook, more of a memoir with paintings of chickens. Fun for the Pepin fan. It's not really a cookbook, more of a memoir with paintings of chickens. Fun for the Pepin fan.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Kathryn

    A wonderful story written by a special French American chef. The story of his life and everything one can do with chicken. So well written and the chicken art is special

  16. 5 out of 5

    Kelly

    The pictures in this book are amazing. I knew he was a great cook but didn’t realize that he was an artist as well. And he history of his life and his recipes is so interesting.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Diane

    Thoroughly enjoyable read!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Terry Dullum

    Jacques Pepin is simply the best. Chef, artist and writer.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Noreen Fish

    A delightful life story of a celebrated chef, with recipes and illustrated by his own paintings. Be aware that you won’t want to buy this as a cookbook if you’re the kind of cook who needs precise measurement of ingredients. The recipes are written in the same conversational style as his videos on social media. While he writes about some restaurant dishes that I would never attempt at home, there are plenty of simpler recipes that I’m looking forward to trying.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Brenda

    Love the chef and artistry of Jaques Pepin and jhow he gives you a new perspective on chicken as art. This is with recipes, written word and his art work.

  21. 5 out of 5

    AmazonCustomer

  22. 4 out of 5

    Rachel Watkins

  23. 4 out of 5

    Linda Barlow

  24. 5 out of 5

    George Lynch

  25. 5 out of 5

    sally hyland

  26. 4 out of 5

    Joy Watson Johnson

  27. 5 out of 5

    Annmargaret Engberg

  28. 5 out of 5

    Beverly

  29. 5 out of 5

    Susan

  30. 5 out of 5

    Pennie

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