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Calvel on French Chef DVD

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breadnerd

Calvel on French Chef DVD

This weekend I'm watching French Chef 2 DVDs from the library--what fun! Tonight I watched the "French bread episode" where Julia visits Raymond Calvel to get a demo on shaping and slashing baguettes. It's amazing how fast he shapes the dough. AND, he uses the lame "handle" with no razor blade for scoring. I think I did read somewhere that you can just sharpen the lame itself.

 

Also, back in her own kitchen, Julia does a lovely one-handed kneading using the slap method posted earlier this month. All in all a good video for anyone.

 

It's been a long time since I watched the french chef, and it was a real treat--Julia Child is such a hoot--and such good teacher. I'm impressed with all she did with such a small scale set etc, especially compared to the highly produced shows of today.

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jm_chng

So You can make your own knife  from a stip of metal rather than buy the cheapest thing in the drugstore? : =-) Before I bought my lame I used a scalpel that I bought for craft work. The blades for that are really cheap. I think I've got a lifetimes supply of those in my draw. I'm not kidding. I only bought the lame out of curiosity. A kitchen knife does the job almost as good too. It has to be sharp though.

Jim

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mountaindog

Don't you just love Julia Child? I'll have to see if my library has those DVDs, it would be a hoot as you say to watch her old shows. My father-in-law (a French chef) knew her and he said all the great French chefs he knew had the highest admiration for her (a real compliment in a field dominated by men, esp. French men). Wish I had the chance to meet her. She did wonders for bringing American cooking out of the age of Wonder Bread and Tuna Casserole. Rest in Peace Julia.

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Sylviambt

Breadnerd,

Can you tell me the exact titles of the DVDs?  Thanks.

Sylviambt

In search of the perfect crust & crumb

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breadnerd

Sure thing according to amazon its:

Julia Child - The French Chef

The French Chef with Julia Child 2

Julia Child! - The French Chef 3

I'm watching the second one (amazon lists the disc episodes as well).

 

 

 

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Sylviambt

Breadnerd,

Many thanks.

Sylviambt

In search of the perfect crust & crumb

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Jerry

For some more Julia Child, both baking and cooking, look at:

http://www.pbs.org/juliachild/meet.html

 Really instructional to watch.

 Jerry in Seattle