or
Sign in to turn on 1-Click ordering.
More Buying Choices
Have one to sell? Sell yours here
Sorry, this item is not available in
Image not available for
Colour:
Image not available

 
Tell the Publisher!
I’d like to read this book on Kindle

Don't have a Kindle? Get your Kindle here, or download a FREE Kindle Reading App.

Family Food: A New Approach to Cooking (Penguin Cookery Library) [Paperback]

Heston Blumenthal
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
RRP: £20.00
Price: £16.00 & FREE Delivery in the UK. Details
You Save: £4.00 (20%)
o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o
Only 10 left in stock (more on the way).
Dispatched from and sold by Amazon. Gift-wrap available.
Want it tomorrow, 31 Oct.? Choose Express delivery at checkout. Details

Formats

Amazon Price New from Used from
Paperback £16.00  

Book Description

4 Mar 2004 Penguin Cookery Library
THIS IS A BOOK FOR ALL THE FAMILY TO USE. IT WILL ENCOURAGE CHILDREN TO HAVE A GO AT COOKING WITH THEIR PARENTS. IT WILL PROVIDE TIPS AND ADVICE ON HOW BEST TOFEED YOUR CHILDREN NOW, ESPICALLY WITH THE ABUNDANCE OF READILY AVAILABLE JUNK FOOD AROUND, AND HOW TO START ENJOYING FAMILY MEAL TIMES AROUND THE DINING TABLES INSTEAD OF IN FRONT OF THE TELEVISION. THE AUTHOR WILL COVER THE PROBLEMS OF THE BREAKDOWN OF THE FAMILY UNIT AT MEALTIMES, HE WILL LOOK AT SUPERMARKETS V SMALLER SPECIALIST SHOPS AND HE WILL UNDERLINE THE PLEASURES THAT CAN BE HAD FROM SITTING DOWN TO A FAMILY MEAL TOGETHER.

Frequently Bought Together

Family Food: A New Approach to Cooking (Penguin Cookery Library) + Heston Blumenthal at Home + In Search of Perfection: Reinventing Kitchen Classics
Price For All Three: £56.80

Buy the selected items together


Product details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin; New Ed edition (4 Mar 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140295399
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140295399
  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 19 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 146,262 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Entirely self-taught, Heston Blumenthal is the most progressive chef of his generation. In 2004 he won the coveted three Michelin stars in near-record time for his restaurant The Fat Duck, which has twice been voted the Best Restaurant in the World by an international panel of 500 experts. In 2006 he was awarded an OBE. He lives in Berkshire with his wife and three children.

Product Description

Review

'An eye-opening approach to what little angels should eat' -- Daily Mirror

‘Family Food is a sure candidate for recipe book of the year’ -- Independent on Sunday

‘Heston Blumenthal is by far the most innovative and original chef I have ever come across’ -- Egon Ronay

‘This is a chef to be cherished’ -- Matthew Norman, Sunday Telegraph

From the Publisher

FAMILY FOOD has won two awards at the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards 2003: both Best Book of the Year and Best Children's Cookbook in the World. Quoted by the panel: ''Family Food' should be required reading for all parents, and all chefs or private cooks. It is also the happiest cookbook of the year', and 'This is Blumenthal's first cookbook. The wonderful text is written by Heston Blumenthal with equal respect for food and children. It combines fun, enthusiasm and technique with a deep understanding of children and their expectations. The 3-star chef talks as equals to children and other readers; this is an extremely rare quality. We all are children at heart with food and the kitchen.'

Sell a Digital Version of This Book in the Kindle Store

If you are a publisher or author and hold the digital rights to a book, you can sell a digital version of it in our Kindle Store. Learn more

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?


Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
66 of 70 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Cooking, but is it really for kids? 31 Dec 2004
By P. Yale
Format:Paperback
Firstly, this is a great book - right up there with my all-time favourite cooking books. There are some inspirational recipes in there, and even the apparently more traditional ones are discussed in such thorough detail beforehand that you are forced to think through the whole process of preparation and cooking. It really does make you regard these recipes in a new light. Having just acquired a digital temperature probe, I'm especially keen to try the low-temperature cooking that Blumenthal champions.
The only quibble I have with the book is that for one that claims to be aimed at getting children involved in cooking, I could find very few practical techniques or methods or recipes for achieving this. There's a fair bit of theoretical discussion about the merits of getting children involved in cookery, which I fully endorse. There are also some interesting food tasting experiments, which kids could find fun (and so could adults!) Apart from that, though, the other references to children are almost exclusively about simply urging the reader to get their children involved, about how much Blumenthal's own children enjoy a particular recipe, or how they themselves enjoyed making it. Mr Blumenthal is lucky - I can't imagine my own children tackling those particular recipes (too daunting), and some more specifically children-oriented recipes would have been nice. Blumenthal does explicitly distance himself from "gimmicky...happy parent monthly magazine" style recipes in the foreword, but I can't help feeling that in trying to avoid that particular trap he's swung the pendulum too far the other way.
Nonetheless, for adults it's a great book. Don't hesitate to buy it.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
By Bad Dad
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I bought this book after watching and reading much from Heston, but apart from his chips didn't feel that able to use much from his recipes apart from an attitude of enquiry. So it seemed that as there was a family cookbook that it would be a sensible thing to get it and try that. It works!

I had the book on the bedside table for a week and read it cover to cover. It is very 'doable' and the text interesting. Then we started to work through the book and almost every time the results have been very good and surprisingly easy. The one occasion when it didn't work out was the slow cooked lamb but that was down to not having oven thermometer which was my failure. This has been corrected with a visit to Ikea.

It has also been a very good forum to talk about the process of cooking with my children and to get them involved. A great cookbook. Wish he wrote some more in a similar vein.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
45 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Family Food: A New Approach to Cooking 4 May 2004
Format:Paperback
I have never before read a cookery book that has excited me in this way. This book is revolutionary and worthy of it's many awards. I have heard of the author and his restaurnt The Fat Duck before and thought that the dishes would be difficult to follow and indeed they were the exact opposite! I have used the recipes with my two daughters age 4 and 16 and we have all enjoyed the experience. Mr Blumenthal manages to not only create delicious food but recipes that let you understand and respect the ingredients. My husband and i have used the recipes successfully for diner parties and also with the children for our midweek pasta nights. Well done Mr Blumenthal and Thank you. I cannot recommend this book highly enough!!!
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I first came across Heston Blumenthal a couple of years ago, when I was given "Further Adventures in Search of Perfection" as a Christmas present. I liked that book's obsession and story, but the recipes were all too complex to even consider trying to do at home.

Family Food is a different story - it's about balancing the "how" with the "why."

Many cookery books tell you what to do, in a very prescriptive way - exact temperatures, exact amounts, exact cooking times. Blumenthal on the other hand tries to explain WHY you might want to cook a piece of meat to a particular temperature, and then gives advice on how to get the inside to that temperature, rather than assuming that your oven works in the same way as his.

Others have noted that the "getting children involved" aspects of the books seem to just be ongoing requests to parents that they should do so... but I've found that the recipes do seem to lend themselves to having places where children as young as five can get involved in a helpful way, and hopefully increase their knowledge of real food as something that doesn't come in a plastic carton from a supermarket.

The book isn't perfect - there are the odd things left out (macerate rhubarb for 2 days - but is that in the fridge or at room temperature, Mr. B???) but there are two compelling reasons why I have to give this 5 stars:

- It's the book we use more than any other, ahead of Delia and even Conran (our previous winners.)

- The sight of my five-year old son, stirring away following one recipe and then turning round to tell his mum "I'm so clever", as he mixed and mixed.

Oh, and if you're buying this book and don't already have one, you'll end up needing a meat thermometer. Trust me on this.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Kindred Spirit, 26 Oct 2006
Format:Paperback
Although I do not have children I was drawn to the book by Blumenthal's awesome reputation. The book is very easy to follow he even points out where problems might occur and how to prevent them. Like me he too is dismayed by the way companies are marketing junk food at children and when I read his intro especially about a certain juice company I knew we were indeed kindred spirits. So if you hate juice that is actually just chemicals and teddy bear faced sandwich meat this is the book for you, he draws on his experience with his own children as to how to get children to open up to new tastes and flavours and I think the book is brilliant the recipes taste just as good for an adult!!!
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
Would you like to see more reviews about this item?
Were these reviews helpful?   Let us know
Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
I wish I bought a more recent Heston book as this one is dated and his views seem to have changed since writing this book. Read more
Published 9 months ago by S. Collins
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing book
it is a very good book that you can read anytime of the day not only for recipes but to learn more about cooking
Published 21 months ago by Andreas K
1.0 out of 5 stars Ok for confident beginners but product of its time
I bought this as I read the other reviews which raved about the book for great recipes they could serve at a dinner party and the average supper, and the lower stars were more... Read more
Published on 18 Jan 2012 by Lilyfae
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
I'm a student living on my own since 3 years and was cooking with tips I got from here and there in internet or from my mom, friends... Read more
Published on 21 April 2011 by Alp
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book with lots of valuable info for cooking geeks
I really like the way that Heston Blumenthal explains the science behind the recipes and talks about how to include children in cooking/eating. Lovely book.
Published on 16 Mar 2011 by L. Ather
5.0 out of 5 stars expert cookery made simple.
Expert cookery made simple by one of the masters. Take for instance gratin potatoes. With a very simple twist on the traditional method heston not only shows us how to enhance the... Read more
Published on 1 Dec 2009 by Mr. Shane Smith
2.0 out of 5 stars Not as blumen-marvellous as I'd hoped
Disappointing. It's not particularly well written and nor are there many recipes in it, so it neither works as an educational work nor a cookbook. Read more
Published on 5 Jun 2009 by Noel Privett
5.0 out of 5 stars Classical cookery?
Having eaten at his restaurant a question entered my mind is 3 michelin stars a high enough rating for heston possibly not! Read more
Published on 30 Dec 2007 by D. LINDSAY
Search Customer Reviews
Only search this product's reviews

Customer Discussions

This product's forum
Discussion Replies Latest Post
No discussions yet

Ask questions, Share opinions, Gain insight
Start a new discussion
Topic:
First post:
Prompts for sign-in
 

Search Customer Discussions
Search all Amazon discussions
   


Look for similar items by category


Feedback