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A Modern Take on the Mother Sauces

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

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 five 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


Lesson 3. Beurre Blanc


Lesson 4. Tomato Sauces


Lesson 5. Brown Sauce


Lesson 6. Velouté Sauce


Lesson 7. Mayonnaise & Aioli


Lesson 8. Hollandaise & Béarnaise

"James Peterson is an excellent instructor. I love his appropriate tone inflections (he's a pleasure to listen to) and the additional tips he gives - especially on the color and consistency you should expect of sauces and any herbs you add in. The intent of the class is to teach you to make these on your own. I appreciated most that it wasn't a "video recipe book" for dishes, but a foundational course where you can learn to make traditional and modern French sauces and then twist them into unique dishes on your own."
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