A Modern Take on the Mother Sauces

with James Peterson

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Master the mother sauces at the heart of French cuisine with whisk-by-whisk instruction from chef and cookbook author James Peterson. Read More…

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Join the class awarded "2014 Best Culinary Video Series" by the International Association of Culinary Professionals! Explore classic and modern sauce-making techniques that will expand your skill set and spur your culinary creativity. With James Peterson, a seven-time James Beard award-winning cookbook author, you’ll learn how to make the five classic French mother sauces: béchamel, tomato sauce, brown sauce (sauce espagnole), velouté and hollandaise, along with beurre blanc and mayonnaise – two additional sauces that James believes are a must. Once you’ve mastered the key processes, experimenting with flavors gives you endless sauce options and makes your cooking unique. James will also show you how to keep your sauces from breaking – and how to salvage them if they do.

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Lesson Plan


Lesson 1. Meet James Peterson

  • Meet your award-winning instructor, James Peterson.


Lesson 2. Béchamel Sauce

  • Learn to make béchamel sauce with James's step-by-step instruction.


Lesson 3. Beurre Blanc

  • James explains emulsions and teaches you to make traditional beurre blanc, as well as variations.


Lesson 4. Tomato Sauces

  • Master the art of the ever-versatile tomato sauce.


Lesson 5. Brown Sauce

  • Learn the history behind brown sauce before making your own using bones and broth.


Lesson 6. Velouté Sauce

  • Learn how to make velouté sauce from chicken broth.


Lesson 7. Mayonnaise & Aioli

  • Make mayonnaise and aioli, then use your new sauce knowledge to add flavor to fish and vegetable dishes.


Lesson 8. Hollandaise & Béarnaise

  • Make hollandaise and béarnaise from scratch.

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