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The French Chef 2 With Julia Child (Cooking)


Picture: C+     Sound: C     Extras: C     Episodes: B+



WGBH digs again into the archives for The French Chef 2 with Julia Child, another solid 3 DVD set of shows again split along the same exact lines of a three-course meal that previous set did.  The new choices are as follows, one per disc:


Starters & Side Dishes


1)     Vegetables, The French Way

2)     Vegetable Adventures

3)     Elegance With Eggs

4)     More About Potatoes

5)     Terrines & Pâtés

6)     The Hollandaise Family


Main Courses


7)     French Crêpes I

8)     Cooking Your Goose

9)     Roast Suckling Pig

10)  Fish In Monk’s Clothing

11)  Cheese Soufflé

12)  Sole Bonne Femme


Baking, Desserts & Other Classics


13)  French Crêpes II

14)  Buche de Noël

15)  Croissants

16)  Gâteau In A Cage

17)  French Bread

18)  VIP Cake



What is entertaining also (outside of what we considered in the first review) is that once she gets into her element, Child gets on a role that does not stop, which is why these collections cohere so well.  Even in old analog black and white videotape, all she is cooking is interesting and looks delicious, partly because of her enthusiasm.  You know you are missing out on something.  With diets getting worse, more junk food being available more cheaply than ever and much of that food being boring, no wonder WGBH Boston Video is able to release a second set.  Many more should follow and we’ll keep enjoying them.  Some will even find themselves in the kitchen.


The 1.33 X 1 image was shot on early black and white, then full color videotape for the remaining seasons.  They look good for their age and those wanting to see good examples of this kind of analog NTSC video from the time will want to catch these transfers in particular.  WGBH has done a good job of storing the masters and these transfers are decent.  The Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono is also good for its age, but note that the later color shows often had a lower than usual volume, so be careful when you adjust your volume for playback.  They were recorded this way.  Extras again include text on Child and a way to print up these recipes.  A few other Child DVDs are out there and we can only hope WGBH will issue more of them, because they are worth rediscovering.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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