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Total Perfection: In Search of Total Perfection [Paperback]

Heston Blumenthal
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6 July 2009
Heston Blumenthal has made his name creating such original dishes as Snail Porridge and Nitrogen Scrambled Egg & Bacon Ice Cream at his internationally acclaimed restaurant, The Fat Duck. In this book, a single-volume edition of the bestselling Perfection books, Heston focuses his creative talent on reinventing some of our most well-known (and most abused) dishes. He travels around the world in search of definitive versions of sixteen classic dishes: Roast Chicken & Roast Potatoes, Pizza, Hamburger, Bangers & Mash, Fish Pie, Steak, Spaghetti Bolognese, Risotto, Fish & Chips, Chilli Con Carne, Chicken Tikka Masala, Peking duck, Black Forest Gateau, Treacle Tart & Ice Cream, Trifle and Baked Alaska. Among the many adventures on his quest, he travels to Delhi and makes an MRI scan of the marinated chicken in his Tikki Masala; he discovers the secret to the ultimate crispy duck in Peking and experiments at home by inflating a Gressingham on a footpump; he walks the Dickensian streets of Lambeth and learns how to capture the essence of a fish and chip shop in a perfume bottle, and he explores the Willy Wonka-esque Tate&Lyle factory and tastes some seventy-year-old syrup that proves an inspiration for the flavour of his treacle tart. Total Perfection is an original, inspiring and fascinating voyage around the culinary globe.

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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: 23.1 x 15.2 x 3.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 93,783 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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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
5.0 out of 5 stars An awesome book 13 Mar 2010
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Not just a recipe book 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
5.0 out of 5 stars so good i bought 2 copies! 18 Sep 2011
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book 27 July 2010
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
5.0 out of 5 stars we are not perfect but we tend to perfection 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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4.0 out of 5 stars Good read 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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3.0 out of 5 stars Alright but not that great a format 26 Mar 2014
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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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3.0 out of 5 stars It's so.... perfect. 4 Mar 2014
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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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars The world needs more Blumenthals!
As often when i'me on your site i look to see if any new CD's from artists which i follow have released something new. As in the case of Ludovico Einaudi. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Biddle John
5.0 out of 5 stars Not for everyone but really cool if you also have the videos
I love Heston though i think he's nuts. This book is great if you also have the accompanying video so you can see what he does, not just read about it as I find some of the... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Mr. Bernard Leung
3.0 out of 5 stars Don't expect this to be your traditional cookbook.
I bought this product specifically for the chapter on burgers as I had seen the original TV series and was keen to see what other suggestions he would have. Read more
Published 9 months ago by XFNutty
3.0 out of 5 stars It's okay..
This isn't your normal cook book/recipe book. There is quite a bit of leafing through Hestons exploits in traveling around whilst compiling his knowledge of these recipes. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Paulie
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
love to see how Mr. Blumenthal take food to the next level, and searches for the very best/original. Read more
Published 11 months ago by M. Petersen
3.0 out of 5 stars Not a recipe standard recipe book
Although this has some recipes it is not a standard recipe book as one would expect from Heston Blumenthal but it's still a good and interesting read.
Published on 5 Jan 2011 by May
2.0 out of 5 stars Compilation of previous books
I have been given this as a present. It turns out however that it is simply a compilation of 'In Search of Perfection' and 'Further Adventures in Search of Perfection' both of... Read more
Published on 28 Dec 2010 by Tony B
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