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Heston's Fantastical Feasts [Hardcover]

Heston Blumenthal
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3 May 2010
Once upon a time there was a Chef called Heston who opened a small restaurant called the Fat Duck. At first, he served only simple French classics but gradually, as is the way of things, the Chef's curiosity got the better of him and he began thinking up more unusual dishes, such as Snail Porridge and Chocolate Wine. There was even talk of a meringue that made diners snort plumes of vapour, like a dragon. Word spread and reached the ears of the Executives who ran a television channel, and they summoned the Chef to their glass fortress. 'We command you to create six Fantastical Feasts', they said. 'These must be based on history, but you may draw on fairytales and legends. We should warn you that the Quest will involve journeys to Transylvania in search of the legendary Leech Recipe of Sibiu, and to the Black Forest to eat the eyes of the Wild Boar of Munstertal. You must resist the temptations of the Burlesque Girls, and you must turn chocolate cake into a raging fireball and chicken's testicles into jelly beans. There will be hunting for hallucinogenic mushrooms and cooking with Play-Doh. Out of this, you must create the most magical dishes imaginable'. 'Well, how about lickable wallpaper, a savoury Zoom lolly, a chocolate-covered iceberg, a golden egg and an edible graveyard?' offered the Chef. 'It's a start', said the Executives. 'Oh, and once you have achieved the Quest, you must bring us proof, in the form of a Book. But not just any Book. We want tales of extravagant ingredients, of revolutionary techniques, of familiar kitchen appliances put to unfamiliar uses. We want to see what you see. Taste what you taste. In short, we want complete and unparalleled access to your fantastical world'.

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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC (3 May 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408808609
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408808603
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 24.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 58,687 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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`For cookbook obsessives it's bedtime reading to stimulate phantasmagorical foodie dreams.' --U Magazine

`Mind-blowing...With incredible ingredients, revolutionary techniques...Heston lets us into a complete and unparalleled fantastical foodie world'
--Flavour

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.

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4.6 out of 5 stars
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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful
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What can I say about Heston Blumenthal that hasn't been said already? A genius? A wizard? A national treasure? He's all of these, of course...and a chef who actually appears to be enjoying himself, which is increasingly rare these days.

This book ties in with the latest Channel 4 series of Feast programmes. I say 'the latest' because there is nothing here from the first series - you'll have to get the DVD instead (which covers the first series only). Not that this matters. While I sort of wanted to do that Victorian Alice in Wonderland 'Drink Me' potion that keeps changing flavour (see the DVD), I knew it would be enormously complicated and I'd never get round to it. One or two of these recipes are...well, not UNCOMPLICATED exactly (this ain't Delia) but just about possible to do!

And what imagination: from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory to the Titanic and the Brothers Grimm to Dracula, Heston's ideas run riot. Then there are the eras in which we grew up with feasts based around the seventies and eighties. Yum yum!

It's all lavishly illustrated, the recipes are there in full and the accounts of his adventures in coming up with the final menus make compulsive reading.

One other thing: unlike The Big Fat Duck Cookbook, this one is very easy to lift.

Thank you, Mr Blumenthal, the Willy Wonka de nos jours!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Heston the Best One 30 Aug 2010
Format:Hardcover
Bought three of these books for male friends as presents. I have just been to his restaurant the Fat Duck and have been telling anybody who will listen just how good it is. Giving the book was a fitting gift. The books have been warmly received by all and it's a really good read, even if you never cook any of the recipes!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining 12 Oct 2010
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I never intended to cook from this, but there are some recipes that are probably manageable without buying extra equipment. I bought it for entertainment value and it's lived up to that.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heston's Feast 15 Jun 2010
Format:Hardcover
Beautiful book. Full of the Heston's mysteria, will draw you in same way the fairy tale did.
Exclusively presented, would make an ideal gift. On of those 'special books' that people enjoy conversing about.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 9 July 2014
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Enjoy very much!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another great book. 3 July 2014
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Fantastic book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic book! 23 May 2014
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I was very impressed at how quickly my order reached me and it was in excellent condition. I love the book and will recommend it to anyone who is interested in cooking outside the box.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not so much a cookbook.... 30 July 2013
By Ana
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This book isn't a cook book but more a book to follow along with the series that was filmed for Channel 4. It tells you about how he came up with the crazy things he did in the series.

There are recipes in the book but they are more incidental, rather than recipes you would try at home!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!!!!!!!
Again bought this for my son and it is quite amazing. Even as an amateur cook myself I thought it was brilliant. Highly recommend for the adventurous.
Published 17 months ago by Christina Malcolm
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
I bought this for my son as a Christmas present as he's into cooking weird things and he really, really liked it. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Mrs. J. Macleod
5.0 out of 5 stars cheap as chips
Lovely hardback book for next to nothing. Went down a treat as part of a secret Santa pressie. Highly recommended
Published 19 months ago by hellydee
4.0 out of 5 stars Book
Thought there would be more recipes but still enjoyed the book as it spoke a lot about different things he had done with food and how he had come about his creations.
Published 19 months ago by Cab86
2.0 out of 5 stars Lots of talk, but very few recipes
I got this book as I had been so overjoyed with "Heston Blumenthal at Home". This was a big disappointment. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Claire
5.0 out of 5 stars What a feast of a book!!
I am so thrilled with this lovely book I have bought for my daughter for Christmas. I bought her his "chemistry sets" for making amazing treats and cocktails for her... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Jennifer Wilkinson
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this man................
the DNA of italian tomato juice runs through his body, he is the nerd of food, the mad scientist of nuts, the obsess-or of dry ice.
Published on 28 Jan 2012 by Maja
4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
I love Heston's creations the book is a bit hard to read but you get all the menues from his show. I am tempted to try one of his menue in order to see how they work will keep you... Read more
Published on 30 Jan 2011 by Yizhaq Berkalitzky
2.0 out of 5 stars Heston's fantastical feasts
Not that useful as a recipe book! but nice photography.

Would not recommend it to others however.
Published on 5 Jan 2011 by carole winstone
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