Jacques Pépin has enjoyed an extraordinary a career, moving from unknown kitchen helper to internationally recognized chef, cookbook author, educator and TV celebrity.
In honor of his 80th birthday, his 2003 memoir (with 40 of his favorite recipes) has been republished. “The Apprentice: My Life In the Kitchen” takes readers from his apprenticeship at age 13 in the kitchen of the Grand Hotel in Paris, through friendships with Julia Child, James Beard and Craig Claiborne, to his triumphs as an icon in the food world (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $18, 352 pages).
P.S. In case you didn’t know, Pépin passed up a job as John F. Kennedy’s White House chef in favor of an offer from restaurant magnate Howard Johnson to develop recipes for his chain.
San Francisco pubic-television station KQED airs the cooking show “Jacques Pépin Heart & Soul.”