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Jacques Pepin: Art of the Chicken

by Debra C. Argen
Jacques Pépin: Art of the Chicken - A Master Chef's Paintings, Stories, and Recipes of the Humble Bird
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I first met Jacques Pépin in April 2005 at the James Beard House in New York when I interviewed him on receiving their Lifetime Achievement Award. Throughout the years, I have watched this kind and talented Master of the Kitchen and Master Artist charm and delight students, audiences, and readers of his many books. He has taught us not only how to cook, but how to have fun and take delight in the kitchen as well as in ourselves. His latest book, Jacques Pépin: Art of the Chicken – A Master Chef’s Paintings, Stories, and Recipes of the Humble Bird is filled with wonderful stories and his impressive artwork and makes a wonderful gift for yourself or your favorite chef.


When I met Jacques Pépin in 2005, I learned that this French-born chef’s artistry went well beyond the kitchen. When he came to the United States he went to Columbia University and took courses in painting and sculpture. That training helped him when it came to remodeling his house, where he did the marble and granite work himself, and he even went so far as to do the cement work and paint his tiles.

I met Jacques again in October 2022 at the Greenwich Wine + Food Gala 2022 at Abigail Kirsch at The Loading Dock, in Stamford, Connecticut. Throughout the evening, Jacques mingled with the guests and the participating chefs, with his new cookbook and stunning artwork on display.

As I read his latest cookbook, Jacques Pépin: Art of the Chicken, I learned that his culinary training began at home with his mother in Bourg-en-Bresse, France, then from the age of 13 his training continued by working in restaurants in France then later in the United States. Throughout his long career he has worked at some of the most impressive restaurants in Paris and in New York, has appeared on numerous television programs including the Julia (Child) & Jacques Cooking at Home series, is an author of many cookbooks, is a lecturer and an educator, and is the founder of The Jacques Pépin Foundation established in 2016. He is a remarkable person and a true inspiration for all.

Jacques Pépin and Debra C. Argen - photo by Luxury Expereince
Jacques Pepin and Debra C. Argen
Greenwich Wine + Food Gala 2022

Jacques Pépin: Art of the Chicken published by HARVEST, copyright 2022, is a look into his history as he reflects on his early life in France to present day living in Connecticut. Born in 1935, cooking, art, and the chicken have all played a vital role in his life. His stories are delightful, and the recipes in the book are written as if Jacques is in the kitchen sitting with you, sipping a glass of champagne, and instructing you how to make the chicken centric recipes. Jacques’ artwork of his chickens is bold, colorful, whimsical, and a delight to the eye, much like the artist behind the work.

Jacques Pépin: Art of the Chicken can be purchased online at Amazon, HarperCollinsPublishers, Barnes & Noble, as well as in bookstores.

For more information on Jacques Pépin, his foundation, and his art, please visit the websites: www.jacquespepin.org, https://jp.foundation, and www.jacquespepinart.com.

Jacques Pépin: Art of the Chicken
Published by HARVEST an Imprint of WILLIAM MORROW
ISBN: 978-0-38-65451-3
USA: $30
Canada: $37
© 2022 Jacques Pépin

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