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Essential Pépin: Classic Conclusions

Airs Saturday, March 31, 2012 at 2:30 p.m. on KPBS TV

Above: Culinary legend Jacques Pépin provides step-by-step instruction for creating mouth-watering dishes while demonstrating his impeccable technique.

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.

"Classic Conclusions" - Crêpes a la Confiture are a childhood favorite of many a Frenchman including both Jacques and his best friend of 50 years, Jean-Claude. Jacques quickly makes the crepe batter for this tasty dessert as a step-by-step demonstration in the same time that it takes to heat the pan.

The show continues with Orange Soufflé Crêpes that are baked until puffy in the oven. A spectacular Baked Alaska follows using simple ingredients that must be served straight from the oven because of the treat’s hidden frozen center. The show ends on a light note with a simply delicious Apricot and Pistachio Soufflé.

(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 Pepin: Crêpe Suzette

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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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