I came across this delightful little video of two of my culinary heroes, Julia Child and Jacques Pépin, together in the kitchen for their Cooking at Home series. I knew they had done this show together, but I've never seen any of the episodes, so it was a pleasure to see their personalities play off each other.
Jacques Pépin is the author of my favorite culinary book. Though I like to cook, I do not collect cook books. I'm not a recipe guy. I like to learn techniques and principles, then kind of "wing it" from there. Pépin's book, Complete Techniques, is a magnificent collection of fundamentals for an amateur like me.