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lowercasebill
11-20-2011, 09:38 AM
i thought this was worth the time to watch. note how many times she refers to cutting her hand off!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ov-bABZHXM8&feature=player_detailpage

mr drinky
11-20-2011, 10:20 AM
I love seeing these vintage videos. Thanks for sharing it.

Maybe this is the first recorded video of a person saying don't put a knife in a dishwasher. Btw, if you are ever in Washington, DC the American History Museum has Julia's actual kitchen on display and you can see what knives, pots, appliances etc she used in her home. I'll try take a picture of her knives when I go back in December.

k.

rahimlee54
11-20-2011, 10:43 AM
f you guys have amazon prime or don't mind paying for "The French Chef" episodes, amazon has all of the episodes available. They are free to stream for prime members I have watched a couple of them.

Eamon Burke
11-20-2011, 10:49 AM
:thumbsup: Good advice doesn't change. This reminds me of being a kid.

lowercasebill
11-20-2011, 10:54 AM
thanks for the tip. we going to DC in the spring to do the museum and monument tour .

lowercasebill
11-20-2011, 10:56 AM
i have amazon prime .. thanks for the tip .. think i will put the lap top in the kitchen this evening and sharpen to julia !

lowercasebill
11-20-2011, 10:58 AM
me too.. i started wathcing Julia on PBS in black and white when i was about 12 .. tired to imitate her chopping skills and promptly hacked my thumb.. good thing Mom's knives were dull

Eamon Burke
11-20-2011, 11:15 AM
My mom watched Julia long before me, and she was a Home Ec major in the 70s, so Julia Childs reminds me a lot of my mom, too. I grew up with a set of Sabs and a steel just like that, because Julia told her to!

tk59
11-20-2011, 06:43 PM
I love Julia...and Jacques...and Dan Ackroyd...

The hekler
11-20-2011, 07:00 PM
The old girl knew a thing or two... Puts Gordon Ramsey's onion cutting to shame.

JohnnyChance
11-20-2011, 07:19 PM
Oh how far we haven't come...

Johnny.B.Good
11-20-2011, 07:42 PM
Thanks for the link. I have Amazon Prime but never use the video streaming option. Guess I should see what's available.

Funny that she assumes the viewer has a relationship with their butcher. Takes that for granted. Thankfully I do, but I think I'm in the minority among my friends/family.

Also, I feel like onion soup now.

mpukas
11-20-2011, 08:04 PM
Oh how far we haven't come...

+1,000,000

half_hack
11-21-2011, 09:29 PM
Great video. why do i get the feeling that if someone posted a video here of themselves chopping onions using that same grip, they'd get made fun of?

(btw, I am not saying that Julia has poor knife skills)

slowtyper
11-21-2011, 10:06 PM
Funny that she assumes the viewer has a relationship with their butcher. Takes that for granted. Thankfully I do, but I think I'm in the minority among my friends/family.
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that was probably different at that time

Eamon Burke
11-21-2011, 10:15 PM
Great video. why do i get the feeling that if someone posted a video here of themselves chopping onions using that same grip, they'd get made fun of?

Because they would. The one advantage to television over the internet is that people with loud, rude opinions are at home, alone on the couch.

ajhuff
11-21-2011, 10:17 PM
Alice had a relationship with her butcher :D.

-AJ

ecchef
11-22-2011, 08:24 AM
2617NYC's best butcher.

bikehunter
11-26-2011, 03:15 PM
I've watched Julia in the old French Chef a dozen times. I get'em free at the library. Jacques too. Shrug.

eto
11-26-2011, 07:09 PM
That was great. If I only saw that video years ago I would of never had any questions about maintaining carbon steel knives. Spot on!

jm2hill
11-26-2011, 07:48 PM
Still love this video. Although I still think she needs a Bread Knife. I get sad when she uses her chef knife on bread :(.

bikehunter
11-26-2011, 07:52 PM
Not me. Don't own a bread knife. Chef knife works just fine.

ajhuff
11-26-2011, 10:48 PM
Ditto, my Chef knives cut bread great!

-AJ

Dubsy
11-26-2011, 11:10 PM
not on toast or dry breads. however, i used to have a Victorinox slicer that everyone would borrow to slice bread, cause it worked better than the bread knives. so really, they should be called toast knives, not bread knives.

mindbender
11-27-2011, 03:37 AM
What a great episode! Complete advice for the beginning knife enthusiast from way back when.

I found myself saying "Oh if she only would say 'get a magnetic knife block'" and ta-dah!! Julia says it.

I wish I saw this years ago.

The Cooking Channel (sister channel to the ugh Food Network) supposedly owns a large number of Julia's episodes from what I read. They were offered the library by someone who had the rights to it in order to preserve the film and they jumped on it. I don't recall if they even paid anything for it - could be wrong.

deanb
11-27-2011, 07:31 PM
I always loved Julia and this video brought back memories. Liked when she said a knife should be able to take an edge rather than hold an edge. Those old French carbon knives really do take a good edge. Anybody have any idea how hard they were (RC wise)?

bikehunter
11-27-2011, 07:34 PM
[QUOTE=mindbender;60219]

I found myself saying "Oh if she only would say 'get a magnetic knife block'" and ta-dah!! Julia says it.

Really???? I don't remember ever seeing that in all the times I've watched these. Time to get it from the library again. It never gets old. ;-)

tk59
11-28-2011, 01:21 AM
I always loved Julia and this video brought back memories. Liked when she said a knife should be able to take an edge rather than hold an edge. Those old French carbon knives really do take a good edge. Anybody have any idea how hard they were (RC wise)?I would guess mid-50's.

Dubsy
11-28-2011, 04:29 PM
on the sabatier-k site they say their carbons on 54-56, so your spot on.

mindbender
11-28-2011, 07:36 PM
Really???? I don't remember ever seeing that in all the times I've watched these. Time to get it from the library again. It never gets old. ;-)

More or less... she says "magnetic strip" at 6:20

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ov-bABZHXM8&feature=player_detailpage

Janesgrains
07-10-2012, 08:16 AM
The Youtube link is no longer active. Any idea what show included the clip mentioned here? (I'm hoping to get it from Amazon or iTunes or ????) Thanks

steeley
07-10-2012, 08:23 PM
Hi Janesgrains
we had a discussion on this from your message.
and it is The french Chef volume 5/episode 1 / The French Onion Soup episode.
and yes Amazon OR I TUNES

and welcome to the forum.

Crothcipt
07-10-2012, 11:43 PM
Welcome.

Benuser
07-11-2012, 02:07 AM
I always loved Julia and this video brought back memories. Liked when she said a knife should be able to take an edge rather than hold an edge. Those old French carbon knives really do take a good edge. Anybody have any idea how hard they were (RC wise)?

Don't expect all French carbons to be created equal. Especially immediatly after WWI the steel could be British or from occupied Germany, and probably made from Swedish ore. In these years the HT was not controlled as it is nowadays. Generally speaking these steels are quite soft compared to our standards, expect some 54Rc. You may encounter exceptions though. The Nogent Son sent me a few months ago behaves like a 58Rc steel, as it takes and holds an edge of some 25 degree inclusive, where one would rather expect a 30-35 degree inclusive.

Customfan
07-11-2012, 03:39 AM
It appears as if the video was removed

Johnny.B.Good
07-11-2012, 11:14 AM
It appears as if the video was removed

Read back a few posts for your answer...

Janesgrains
07-11-2012, 02:40 PM
Thanks for the welcomes and info.