Essential Pépin,” “Jacques Pépin’s 80th Birthday Celebration”

and “Dishing with Julia Child” Among Foodie Favorites

Arlington, VA – June 27, 2022 – This July, if you’re a home chef who would rather cook a French meal inside rather than BBQing outdoors, PBS LIVING has you covered! Classic French cooking series being served up on the Channel this summer include “Essential Pépin,” where legendary chef Jacques Pépin demonstrates over 125 of his best recipes, and “Jacques Pépin’s 80th Birthday Celebration,” where Lidia Bastianich, Rick Bayless and Ming Tsai honor the great chef as they prepare their favorite recipes with Jacques. Then, in “Dishing with Julia Child,” viewers join Jacques Pépin, Marcus Samuelsson, José Andrés and many others influenced by Julia Child as they watch old episodes of “The French Chef” and share stories about the beloved cook. 

The subscription rate for PBS LIVING is $2.99/month with an Amazon Prime or Prime Video subscription. PBS LIVING is also available on Apple TV Channels in the Apple TV app at a subscription rate of $2.99/month with no additional annual fees. Every purchase helps support public television for all. 

Essential Pépin

Streaming Date: July 1, 2022
Episodes: 26
Genre: Cooking

From easy to elegant, “Essential Pépin” shares more than 125 recipes culled from Jacques Pépin’s legendary career. In the 26-episode series, Jacques demonstrates, with his usual ease and flair, dishes ranging from classical Escoffier Quenelles to Chicken with Tarragon Butter. Jacques cooks what he loves, including mouth-watering treats such as Basic French Fries, Soda Bread, homey Tomatoes Maison and Brioche. Desserts range from uncomplicated Quick Almond Plum Cake and fast Chocolate Truffettes to a perfect Apricot and Pistachio Soufflé. It’s no wonder Julia Child called Jacques “the best chef in America.”

Jacques Pépin’s 80th Birthday Celebration

Streaming Date: July 22, 2022
Episodes: 1
Genre: Cooking

In celebration of Jacques Pépin’s 80th birthday, chefs Lidia Bastianich, Rick Bayless and Ming Tsai prepare their favorite recipes alongside Jacques and in front of a live audience.

Though the chefs bring their own recipes to prepare, Jacques is eager to lend a helping hand and to demonstrate his impeccable technique. During the preparations, they share candid conversations, memorable stories and anecdotes from their kitchen experiences, along with few nibbles and plenty of wine! The live audience joins in by sampling the dishes and sharing in the laughter – truly appreciating this once-in-a-lifetime experience of celebrating a culinary legend’s birthday.

Dishing with Julia Child

Streaming Date: Streaming Now
Episodes: 7
Genre: Cooking

Julia Child was devoted to the art of French cuisine, and began her iconic television series, “The French Chef” in 1963, where she single-handedly taught a nation how to cook well, eat well and drink well. Now, some of today’s most renowned chefs and celebrities delight in six of the most-beloved episodes from her groundbreaking series, offering insightful, funny and personal comments in unabashed appreciation of the first lady of cooking.

The nine chefs featured in the series include Martha Stewart, Jacques Pépin, Éric Ripert, Marcus Samuelsson, José Andrés, Rick Bayless, Carla Hall, Vivian Howard, and Sara Moulton. Bon appétit!

Other titles coming to PBS LIVING in July:

The Great Muslim American Road Trip – 7/5

America Outdoors with Baratunde Thurston – 7/5

Expedition with Steve Backshall, Season 2 – 7/6


PBS LIVING is a DTC-SVOD channel available on Prime Video and Apple TV Channels. PBS Living offers iconic public media lifestyle and how-to content all in one streaming destination. The channel features series such as ANTIQUES ROADSHOW, FINDING YOUR ROOTS, and THE FRENCH CHEF, as well as new favorites like CHRISTOPHER KIMBALL’S MILK STREET and NO PASSPORT REQUIRED.

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