I loved these cooking videos. It is amazing how much you can learn when someone like Jacques Pepin is the teacher. Unlike some cooking shows, almost all of the steps are shown here, with clear explanations of each step. I am learning techniques like how to hold the knife, how to chop vegetables different ways, how to coordinate different activities in meal preparation, etc., aside from just the recipes themselves.
I prefer these videos over the ones by Emeril Lagasse (Mr. Bam!) because these are more calm, less frenetic, and I learn more. I don't buy cooking videos to be entertained, I buy them so I can learn about cooking. With this series, I am learning a great deal.
The recipes are also found in the book that accompanies this DVD series: http://www.amazon.com/Fast-Food-Way-Jacques-Pepin/dp/0618393129/ref=pd_sim_d_4
The book has the same title as this series "Fast Food My Way" by Jacques Pepin. On Amazon the book is searchable online and you can see the recipes and menus that are presented.
It is true that the sound quality is not perfect -- I am watching the show on my computer and turn the volume down somewhat to compensate. It sounds all right that way and does not buzz.
Some of the recipes have shortcuts I don't know that I would take, since I don't really look for fast cooking in general. I like to cook more complex recipes at home, and some ingredients like canned peaches I would probably avoid. But this is a matter of personal preference. I did not gravitate towards this series because the recipes were fast (and they are), but because I like learning new techniques and like Mr. Pepin's style of teaching. Many of the recipes are very good, though, even though they are pretty streamlined.
I would recommend the book to beginning and intermediate cooks, or anyone who enjoys watching good cooking shows and wants ideas for quick meals to prepare.