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Essential Pépin: Savory Staples

Airs Saturday, September 14, 2013 at 1 p.m. on KPBS TV

Above: Master chef Jacques Pépin prepares a perfect veal cutlet.

ESSENTIAL PÉPIN is the culmination of chef Jacques Pépin's 60 plus years of experience in the kitchen. In this new series, Jacques welcomes his daughter Claudine, granddaughter Shorey and lifelong friends and colleagues to cook with him.

Jacques Pépin (right) shares a laugh with daughter Claudine and best friend Jean-Claude Szurdak.
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Above: Jacques Pépin (right) shares a laugh with daughter Claudine and best friend Jean-Claude Szurdak.

Graphic cover of "Essential Pépin," the companion book to the television series.

Above: Graphic cover of "Essential Pépin," the companion book to the television series.

In each ingredient-driven episode, the 75-year-old culinary legend provides step-by-step instruction for creating a mouth-watering dish and demonstrates his impeccable technique, from chopping an onion or peeling a softly boiled egg to breaking down a leg of lamb.

The series encourages novices to take their first culinary steps and entices seasoned home chefs to try something new.

"Savory Staples" - Too often we plan a meal around the protein and forget that delicious sides can stand alone… Jacques demonstrates a step-by-step recipe of Risotto with Vegetables that can make a perfect vegetarian meal. Other dishes include traditional Darphin Potatoes, sometimes known as Rosti potatoes, and an all-American Skillet Sweet Potatoes recipe.

Then, in the blink of an eye, Jacques stirs together a very flavorful Middle Eastern Green Couscous. He follows this with a Corn Polenta with Mushroom Ragout, a meal that even meat lovers will love. (Only the linked recipes are available online. Other episode recipes are available by purchasing Jacques’ book, "Essential Pépin.")

Jacques Pépin is on Facebook, and you can follow @jacques_pepin on Twitter. View ESSENTIAL PÉPIN photos on Flickr.

In addition to watching the series on television at its regularly scheduled time, you can watch the entire series — all 26 episodes — online. You will have access to each episode a week before it airs on television. If you miss even a part of one, check back to watch it in full.

This episode originally aired in 2012.

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Essential Pépin: Savory Staples

Above: In this episode, chef Jacques Pépin prepares Risotto With Vegetables; Darphin Potatoes; Skillet Sweet Potato; Green Couscous; Corn Polenta With Mushroom Ragout.

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Series Preview: Essential Pépin

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Above: ESSENTIAL PÉPIN is the culmination of chef Jacques Pépin's 60 plus years of experience in the kitchen. In this new series, Jacques welcomes his daughter Claudine, granddaughter Shorey and lifelong friends and colleagues to cook with him.

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Jacques Pépin Tribute Video

Above: This tribute video was created to honor Jacques Pépin and was shown at the 4th annual New York City Wine & Food Festival Tribute Dinner on October 1, 2011.