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Rick Stein's French Odyssey : Complete BBC Series [DVD]

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  • Actors: Rick Stein
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: 2entertain
  • DVD Release Date: 1 Oct. 2007
  • Run Time: 300 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000VIRD4M
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,582 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Along his gastronomic journey through the idyllic waterways of Southern France, Rick Stein's French Odyssey explores French culinary tradition - perfect for aspiring cooks everywhere.

Deliciously filmed, Rick's culinary tour on an ancient barge takes him via the Canal du Midi from the Atlantic to the Mediterranean. His final destination is a little restaurant near Marseilles where he had the best seafood lunch imaginable.

On his journey Rick samples regional foods from country stew in Castelsarrasin to the Montaine Noire hams of Castelnaudary. Further south he stops over in the Languedoc wine region and samples local delicacies before heading towards Marseilles via the Canal du Rhone.

Synopsis

Celebrity chef Rick Stein takes as meandering journey through the waterways of France, sampling the very best of the country's cuisine, as he takes the long route to a favourite Marsailles eatery.

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38 of 40 people found the following review helpful By J. W. Wilkinson on 29 Oct. 2007
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I can't praise this series enough. When it was first broadcast on BBC Television in 2005 I thought it was a very good but after getting the DVD I have to say it is fantastic. I find Rick Stein fascinating particularly as he adds stories or anecdotes about the various dishes that he prepares during the course of his journey from Bordeaux to Marseilles onboard the "Rosa" and the "Anjodi" which incidentally are canal barges. What is also great is that in his quest to get to Marseilles, he does not forget Brittany which gave him so much inspiration during the early days of his seafood restaurant. You can expect to see Rick indulging in great food (eels in cider for example) at truck stops to roadside cafes which highlights the different attitude that the French have for food ie in Britain at a truck stop it would be Beans and egg, beans on toast or just....beans!

The food that he prepares during each episode is, as always, wonderful but what stands out is the journey that Rick has through the wonderful South Western French countryside and the people he meets on the way. The whole journey unfolds like a storybook rather than a cookery programme and as indeed the title suggests, it is most certainly an Odyssey and so much better than his previous Seafood Odyssey which took him to various places around the world.

If you want to escape from the hum-drum for a few hours then throw this DVD in the player and relax with a glass of "the red stuff" in one hand and the DVD remote control in the other as you will want to replay all those glorious bits of food and France again and again!
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52 of 55 people found the following review helpful By Hiro on 6 Sept. 2007
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I shouted "Oh my God!" when I found this DVD is coming soon on Amazon. So my boss now knows I surf the internet at work. But I don't care. This is exactly what I was waiting for! (Now what I sincerely hope is BBC will also publish 'Mediterranean Escapes' and 'Rick Stein and the Japanese Ambassador' on DVD soon)

I love his books, but there is a small pity - not all recipes have a picture of the finished dish. So it sometimes takes a bit of a guess work to see if you have got the dish quite right unless you have watched the programme on telly. But now we don't have to worry about it any more.

I do know that some poeple were a little puzzled / annoyed, and I did feel the same when, in this programme, he highly praised French cuisine and by contrast slugged off Britain and its food culture a little ... specially this programme was made right after his "Food Heroes in Britain" where he had praised British produce and producers.

However, in real life, we appreciate both French and traditional British cuisine at the same time, don't we? You really cannot tell which is better as they both have its own charm. What could possibly be better than having a wonderful British Pub lunch on a sunny Sunday afternoon that is followed by a strong French coffee in a cafe with Sunday paper? We mix the very best of theses two different cuisines to enjoy life.

I loved this programme when I saw it on TV - this is one of the best he has ever done. Each scene is so beautifully shot, and it is plain to see that he was enjoying filming this programme - as a matter of a fact, the original idea of "French Odyssey" was tabled to BBC by Rich himself.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Cathy G on 3 Sept. 2009
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Rick Stein's French Odyssey is brilliant, love it and can't stop watching it. Love looking at France and wishing I was there too.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By David F. Bayley on 10 Feb. 2010
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The fact that this voyage through the canals of central France is hosted by Rick Stein is bound to have an emphasis on food and associated culinary subjects is no surprise. This is not a cookery programme but a wonderful travelogue which gives a gastronomic flavour of the regions. The characters with whom Rick engages and learns from are the very essence of France and enable the viewer to be transported to that wonderful country which is still far from the 21st century in it's rural areas. The scenery is magnificient, the food mouthwatering and so simple, the markets are full of the the freshest and best produce of the country, the wine . . . well the wine! As you watch it is impossible not to be transported and saviour the whole culture of that wonderful country. A superb antidote to an English winter.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Foodie on 16 April 2010
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I've been watching Mr. Stein's shows for some years now, currently enjoying his odyssey in Vietnam, courtesy of BBC2. French Odyssey is certainly enjoyable and bears a stamp of Mr. Stein's distinctive style, combining outstanding scenery, stories and food. I was somewhat dissapointed about the recepies though, these seemed less creative than in his Food Heroes and less imaginative than in Far Eastern Odyssey. I've been to the parts of France where Mr. Stein is sailing and have to say that food was far more colourful and less peasant-y than Mr. Stein versions, did not seem like a fair homage to the skills of local growers/producers.

Verdict: worth seeing
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. K. R. Ballard on 22 Feb. 2010
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Having watch the series on the TV, it is an absolute pleasure to be able to watch it again and again with this DVD. I have purchased on Amazon a guide to the Midi and am therefore able to plot the course and obtain extra info on were Rick Stein is traveling.
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