Popular chef marks birthday with book

A popular chef and cookbook teacher’s new book invites you into his home in “Jacques Pepin: Heart and Soul in the Kitchen” (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $35.)

Released in celebration of his 80th birthday and the airing of his final PBS show, Pepin offers 200 recipes that are French inspired and offers his classic technique.

The recipes are divided into Hors d’Oeuvres, Soups and Salads, Eggs, Cheese and Bread, Fish and Seafood, Poultry and Meat, Organ Meats, Rice and Pasta, Vegetables, Fruit Desserts and Preserves and Cakes, Cookies, Custards and Chocolate.

Hors d’Oeuvres offer starters like Cannellini Bean Dip, Tomato Tartine and Tuna Mascarpone Cream.

Soups and Salads have recipes such as Hanoi Chicken Soup, Cucumber, Onion and Mint Salad and Avocado, Tomato and Crab Salad.

Eggs, Cheese and Bread recipes include Herbed Omelet with Shrimp, Ricotta Quenelles and Pain Farci.

Fish and Seafood offers dishes like Steamed Fish with Provencal Vegetable Stew and Mussels with Cream and Chives on Soft Polenta.

Poultry and Meat recipes offer Chicken Jardiniere, Hamburger Royale and Spicy Lamb Ribs.

Organ Meats include Chicken Livers in Mushroom Port Sauce, Chicken Feet in Hot Sauce and Pork Kidneys with Mushroom and Vermouth Sauce.

Rice and Pasta dishes offer Rice with Cumin and Green Olives and Spinach and Ricotta Lasagna.

Vegetables offer recipes for Broiled Maple Sweet Potatoes, Caramelized Tomatoes Provencal and Baby Zucchini with Chives.

Fruit Desserts and Preserves have recipes for Cherry Crumble, Strawberry Confiture and Pears with Honey and Cranberries.

Things wrap up with Cakes, Cookies, Custards and Chocolate like Chocolate Pistachio Biscotti, Croque Bebe and Chocolate Souffles.

For anyone wanting to try some French cooking, this is a good introduction for the adventurous home cook.