1950s America Through the Eyes of Jacques Pépin

When the legendary French chef Jacques Pépin first came to America in 1959 to work at New York City’s Le Pavillon, he had never read a cookbook, never tasted iceberg lettuce and he had definitely never been in a supermarket.

When the legendary French chef Jacques Pépin first came to America in 1959 to work at New York City’s Le Pavillon, he had never read a cookbook, never tasted iceberg lettuce and he had definitely never been in a supermarket. In this week’s Chefs in Conversation video, Pépin recalls what it was like for him to experience the US, a country of boxed cereal and canned mushrooms, as a young chef from France.

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