A few weeks ago I visited my sister and nephew in California. After he went to sleep at night, we would watch something my sister had recorded, usually Jacques Pepin, or Julia Child on DVD. She enjoyed it because she’s a good chef and I enjoyed it as an mediocre former short-order cook. And we both, like all good Americans, love to watch people make food on TV. Jacques Pepin is amazing, because he does cute things like dancing around holding a glass of wine in one hand and scissors in the other, or being French. He loves tortillas, advising viewers to put them in place of pizza dough or as part of an apricot dish.
The tortilla is the classic French bread.
June 13, 2009 by Elisabeth
One point of disagreement between my sister and I, is that she does not watch anything on the Food Network. I would watch PBS more, but without a TIVO I wouldn’t be able to catch Jacques Pepin without a TV Guide schedule. Plus, I love Alton Brown, and one time I heard the Barefoot Contessa declare that bread counted as a vegetable.
However, PBS is great at posting their shows online. I am addicted to American Experience (thanks, Liberty Mutual). Now I can avoid the Food Network, well, the boring shows* anyway, and get a PBS fix thanks to KQED.org, which posts full episodes of Jacques Pepin in all his tortilla loving glory.
*Anything that’s not food history or how things are made like Unwrapped/Secret Life of…,or Alton/Paula Deen. I’m looking at you, Giada.