Dishing with Julia Child

(Photo courtesy The Julia Child Foundation)

Six classic episodes of The French Chef get repurposed when Dishing with Julia Child starts streaming on PBS Living and PBS Passport this Friday, February 28.

The new half-hour shows combine the old episodes with comments and anecdotes from nine of today’s top culinary celebrities.

We sampled episode one, “The Whole Fish Story,” which finds José Andrés and Éric Ripert looking on with a mixture of amusement, admiration and amazement as Child cleans, fillets, bones and prepares several fish dishes.

Since the original show ran in 1971 (not 1963, as Andrés and Ripert believe), you’ll see Child add lots and lots of butter to her dishes. The producers also milk laughs by adding a pop-up “fish pat count,” measuring exactly what it implies (we lost count after Julia had patted her fish 10 times).

Other episodes of Dishing with Julia Child cover bread, French onion soup, boeuf bourguignon, potatoes and roasted chicken, with dishers Martha Stewart, Rick Bayless, Carla Hall, Vivian Howard, Sara Moulton, Marcus Samuelsson and Jacques Pépin (who co-hosted Childs’ last series, Julia & Jacques Cooking at Home, in 1999).

You’ll find Dishing with Julia Child this Friday on PBS Living, available for $2.99/month with a 14-day free trial from Amazon Prime and Apple TV, or on PBS Passport, available to members of local PBS stations. Starting April 3, the six episodes will also run in two-episode blocks on PBS stations for three consecutive Fridays at 10 pm ET (but check local listings), with additional availability at PBS.org and the PBS video app.

Have an appetite for original, uninterrupted episodes of The French Chef? A bunch of them, including “The Whole Fish Story,” are also available on PBS Living or on PBS Passport. And all 22 episodes of Julia & Jacques Cooking at Home are on Amazon Prime, PBS Living not required.

Netflix subscriber? Why not stream Meryl Streep’s Oscar-nominated and Golden Globe-winning turn as Child in 2009’s Julie & Julia?

You can also rent Julie & Julia for $3.99 (or $2.99 for Amazon Prime subscribers) from various providers.

Bon appetit!

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Les Luchter is a former managing editor of Multichannel News, editor-in-chief of Cable Marketing, and news editor of Broadcast Week.

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