16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on November 2, 2005
Magnificent! Classic Julia - including the very first show ever! Julia Child flinging food, making mistakes, battling with huge fish and generally changing the way we look at food forever. These shows are a sampling of the seminal food television experience ever. The black and white shows seem so old to our eyes, while Julia seems so young. With all the changes in the world of food television, the recipies are still current (if delightfully laden with butter and cream) and worth making. To see Julia slug and pound bread dough is inspiring.
The photos in the DVD holder all are taken by Paul Child, her husband and great support - she often mentions him on air. It was he who diagramed the stomachs of a cow, in case the train bringing one to Boston for the taping didn't make it - the stomach did make it, but his diagram helped our understanding. Today, would there be an entire 30 minut programme on Tripe? Don't worry, she also does sweets and everything. My only sadness is that the funniest show she ever did - the Buche de Noel was not included - PBS - WE WANT THAT SHOW!
If you like to cook, love to watch great television, or just enjoy eating and drama of live shows, you must have this in your collection. Julia Rules!
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on December 2, 2009
I, like the lady before me, bought this dvd set after seeing "Julie and Julia" and becoming intrigued with Julia again. I remember her vaguely from my childhood and then everyone refers to her as THE master of all cooking.....a title I think she throughly deserves! She's lovely. My favorite part is that she's not as 'perfect' as the cooking programmes of today. She's real!....and we get to see her 'get through' the 'ooops'....utterly charming. She also explains why you should do certain things in terms we who are not master chefs can understand and things we've always wondered why we should do things. Like drying our beef to brown it and step by step through each type of chicken and what each one is best used for. If you purchase this dvd set you will NOT be disappointed and you'll come away with a great deal of valuable knowledge.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on October 23, 2009
Like many others I have discovered Julia Child with the movie "Julie and Julia", although I have known of her for most of my life. I must admit I have become somewhat obsessed! I bought her autobiography "My Life In France" and "Mastering the Art of French Cooking". Since I have decided to "master" French cooking (so different from how I was taught to cook in the mid 1960's)I thought I would purchase the videos of her shows to watch her actually make the dishes from the recipes in her cook book. How delightful!! Last night I watched her make b'uf bourgogne which I am going to cook for this Sunday night's dinner. Anyway, my husband, who has spent some time in France wanted to watch the episode on "Tripe". Well, I would never cook (or eat) tripe, but I must admit that watching her cook this totally alien dish (where would one even find tripe these days?)actually made me want to try to cook tripe!
She is so very down-to-earth in her explanations of what she is doing and why that she makes you think "well, if she can cook XXX, so can I". She explains her preferences (e.g. chuck roast for b'uf bourgogne rather than another cut of beef, because it does not get stringy when it is cooked for 2 - 3 hours)which adds to your success in cooking the recipes. And she is just so much fun to watch.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on May 8, 2013
At first I wasn't sure because the content was not listed, but I have no regrets:
Disc 1: Starters and side dishes
the potatoe show
your own french onion soup
bouillabaise à la marseillaise
the spinach twins
Disc 2: Main courses
to roast a chicken
the lobster show
to stuff a sausage
tripes à la mode
the whole fish story
Disc 3: Baking, desserts and other classics
Queen of sheba cake
cheese and wine party
mousse au chocolat
the good loaf
the omelette show