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  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC (6 July 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408802449
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408802441
  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 3.8 x 23.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 96,535 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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About the Author

Chef Heston Blumenthal has been described as a culinary alchemist for his innovative style of cuisine. His work researches the molecular compounds of dishes so as to enable a greater understanding of taste and flavour. His restaurant The Fat Duck, in Bray, Berkshire, was awarded three Michelin stars in 2004, and voted the Best Restaurant in the World by an international panel of 500 culinary experts in Restaurant Magazine's The World's 50 Best Restaurants 2005. He also owns the Hinds Head Hotel, a village pub in Bray.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By D. Ostir on 13 Mar 2010
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Blumenthal does it again. What I found best about it is that it is not a simple recipe book, but an in-depth research into how to make perfect food. The stories are well written and the recipes detailed in a manner one expects from Heston Blumenthal. It is also good to know the book features basic food recipes, like roast chicken and spaghetti bolognese, and not some fancy stuff you+d find in a three Michelin star restaurant.

It needs to be noted that the recipes are by far not simple. Most of them require several days of preparation, but after trying out a fews of them - the effort is well worth it.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A. Bacon on 3 Jan 2010
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This is excellent reading. Heston provides a good insight into the chemistry of cooking. For instance, did you ever think that the heat generated when you whizz something in a food processor starts to cook it? In fact, did you ever think there was any heat being generated at all?

You don't need to have seen the TV series to fully appreciate this book. Whilst you might not cook the (limited) recipes in the way Heston suggests ... 18 hours at 50C for a rib of beef (plus four hours resting) and that's before you pan-fry it ... you will still end up knowing more about how to work towards "perfection" in your own cooking.

I really have to set time aside to construct the BFG!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. M. L. Clark on 18 Sep 2011
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This is a brilliant book for any one interested in cooking,the origin of certain dishes,and the execuition of them.You need on average 12 hours to cook some of them,but the sheer brilliance of the man is an inspiration.A page turner!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Katrid16 on 27 July 2010
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Bought this book for my husband who wanted to use a specific recipie for banana parfait (part of his baked alaska) It is certainly a book for foodies the recipies are very complicated , good for my husband as he likes that sort of cooking but useless for me as I need more simple recipies
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Laura Donisetti on 28 Nov 2013
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A professional is always interesting for his experience as well as for his recipies. for reach the success. When the operational setting is kitchen the interest combines with the pleasure of discovering new combinations and new ideas that we can copy tel quel
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By Kirstin M. on 9 July 2014
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Good read but crazy twists on classic recipes...what did you expect from good ol' Heston
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Nice recipes but its a shame its not particularly user friendly, there are hardly any photos in it, and the writing is really small! but he does have some smashing versions of normal dishes.
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So strange and complicated, also for the simplest thing.... but very interesting and instructive for people, as me, always trying to learn new approaches in this field.
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