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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: John Blake Publishing Ltd; Reprint edition (2 April 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1843589567
  • ISBN-13: 978-1843589563
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 12.7 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 86,112 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Biography of the World's Most Brilliant Master Chef, Heston Blumenthal, the man behind the brilliant cuisine of three-Michelin-starred The Fat Duck - voted Best Restaurant in the World by fellow chefs. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

About the Author

Chas Newkey-Burden is the author of "Amy Winehouse" and"Paris Hilton: Life on the Edge.""


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Format: Hardcover
Although a biography of Heston Blumenthal should be fascinating too much of this book was a blow by blow description of what happened in various tv shows - not behind the scenes but what could be seen on screen. Badly written and badly spelt too. I had problems finishing the book.
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Just to outline my severe dissapointment in this book. How someone from out of left field like Blumenthal could be dished up like this is beyond me. More than half the book is simply a very lengthy synopsis of his TV series. One gets the firm impression that Chaz has never met the man and offered pretty much no fresh insight or thought on what is possibly the most contructive approach to cooking for ages. Do yourself a favour . Want to know about Blumenthal. Just get his fat duck cook book it tells you all you need to know.
its telling that Chaz mentions in his thankyous a nod to a cafe in Amsterdam. Might explain a few things.
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It is likely that much of this book has been derived from Heston's own writings and from watching his TV programs, but Heston is such an interesting personality that it would be difficult for anyone to write a boring book about him.

The book has some amusing typographical errors; "sanitary" rather than "salutary" (unless this was a very poor attempt at a joke), "pallets" instead of "palates", and "foul" which are plucked. The Oxford English dictionary lists 7 alternative spellings of "cockatrice", so this book is inventive in adding "cockentrice" to that list.

It seems odd that references to "early reviews" should mention one published in 2006 (this can't have been "early", so was the date misprinted?). There were occasional references to names and facts with no explanation, and at times I reread the earlier pages, assuming that I hadn't been paying proper attention, but I found nothing. Presumably the author knew what he meant.
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Format: Paperback
I wrote English assignments in year 9 when I was 15 years old, that were better written than this book.

I noticed about 3-4 spelling mistakes in the first 10 minutes of reading.
Uninteresting disaster of a book
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Format: Kindle Edition
A thorough play-by-play of Heston's career. It seems to have been pieced together from many newspaper articles, interviews and the likes. Probably would be interesting for anyone wanting to follow in his footsteps. Less interesting for anyone who (like me) is looking for a more personal insight into the makings of the man.

From now on I'm going to be cautious about biographies written by people who don't have much connection to the person they're writing about. I think it's usually a more personal and interesting read when they're autobiographies, written BY the person the book is about, or at least by a close relative or confidant.
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What can I say - bought as a gift from a wish list and I was pleased with the purchase - value for money - good read
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