Jacques Pépin preps book, TV series ahead of 80th birthday

Tue Jun 30, 2015 4:40pm EDT
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By Richard Leong

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Renowned celebrity chef Jacques Pépin may be approaching his 80th birthday, but the award-winning cook is still going strong.

Pépin's second book, "La Technique," was published nearly four decades ago and is considered a classic tome on French cooking. His upcoming book and television series, "Jacques Pépin: Heart & Soul in the Kitchen," will debut in October.

The French-born, Connecticut-based chef, who has recovered after suffering a minor stroke in March, is the author of more than 20 cookbooks and has hosted many TV cooking shows. He won an Emmy Award for a TV cooking series he did with Julia Child.

Pépin spoke to Reuters about his long career, his inspirations and how he will celebrate his milestone birthday.

Q: What still inspires you in the kitchen?

A: The market inspires me. Also the garden, certainly right now with all the herbs. Even traveling. My imagination, too.

Q: How has living in America helped transform you as a chef?   Continued...

A Croquembouche is presented at chef Jacques Pepin's 80th Birthday celebration at the FOOD & WINE Classic in Aspen, Colorado June 19, 2015 in this handout picture provided by FOOD & WINE magazine. REUTERS/Galdones Photography/Courtesy of FOOD & WINE magazine/Handout via Reuters