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Essential Pépin: Sweets For My Sweet

Airs Saturday, September 29, 2012 at 2:30 p.m. on KPBS TV

Above: Jacques Pépin enjoys a glass of wine while his daughter, Claudine glazes a tart.

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.

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.

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.

"Sweets For My Sweet" - Jacques helps his daughter Claudine relinquish her fear of making pastry with his easy Tartelettes Aux Fruit Panaches. She goes on to assist her father in the kitchen as he makes his variation of the very traditional French, Tarte Tatin.

Jacques then shares his mother’s recipe for Mémé’s Apple Tart using an unusual method to make the pastry. Finally his granddaughter Shorey joins him to make and taste Individual Chocolate Nut Pies. (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.

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Essential Pépin: Sweets For My Sweet

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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.