Julia is an absolute genius. I cook alot and some of the great tips in the dvd have been passed down to me from my mom. But, there were so many more. Obviously, the recipes are outdated in terms of fat/salt content. But just watching Julia in action and how she handles the food is worth the price. The companion book is wonderful and organized. I love this set.
Amazingly, Julia Child is able to be many things - master chef, charming presenter, and inspiration.
She is able to pick up all the elements of classic French cookery, and make us feel 'hey I can do that too.' Of course Child pioneered bringing French cooking ideals to America, overcoming hurdles and challenges of the 'old school elite' in France. Yet she relates it all with simplicity, warmth and great encouragement.
In this DVD set Julia teaches cooking skills so effectively because she shares her passion and commitment - this all flows effortlessly from the core of her being with great warmth and charm. She serves culinary excellence because she WANTS to, and this is a great lesson for doing anything with passion.
I think if you invite friendly Julia Child to share her wisdom, you will compelled to watch her interesting lessons, and then you will be running to the grocer and kitchen with a newly fired passion to create - and enjoy - great-tasting and soulful food.
It's like having your own private cooking tutor. This DVD isn't about recipes, it's about the countless cooking tips that you would never learn if someone didn't show you. Julia Child shows you. I am on my way to being a much better cook because of these six hours of in depth training. I'm loving this DVD set, and I'm loving what I'm cooking.
My youngest Daughter 17 is an aspiring chef, and has been watching Julia (in reruns) since she was very young. We gave her a Julia Child themed Christmas this year, and she loved each and every item we managed to find! Even though we are all Vegan, Julia's technique, style, and versatility, made her an iconic star by being real, and she is, or should be an inspiration to all chefs!