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Heston Blumenthal at Home
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 9 March 2014
Bought this as a gift and he liked it and has used it so worth the purchase. Would recommend to those who love cooking.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 30 January 2014
Just a joy. The recipes, in general, are accessible but, oh for a load more equipment. However, some great innovation.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 9 November 2013
This is a lovely book. I bought it for my daughter who is studying professional cookery and she loves it.
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7 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on 21 October 2011
This is an intimidating looking book at the surface, but is a bit more forgiving when you dive in. Chef Blumenthal does a great job in each chapter explaining how to cook the various dishes. More importantly, he explains why things happen when you cook. He goes into detail of what emulsions and foams are, how to create them, and how to use them. He also pushes the envelope a bit by challenging home cooks to try new techniques that they may not be comfortable with, like smoking, sous vide (this is a stretch, who has $500-700 laying around for a sous vide setup?), and making ice cream with dried ice (safer than liquid nitro I guess).

But as I said before, there are a ton of recipes that are not feasible for everyday cooking, like the crab lasagna and the fish pie. But there are enough simpler recipes to make the book useful on a regular basis. That being said, I will probably get more use out of Ferran Adria's Family Meal than this book.

A couple of nitpicks... Chef Blumenthal... learn to smile a bit. You look too serious in every picture in this book. It gives the impression that you cannot have fun while cooking your food. I would like to have seen vegetarian mains, not just sides in this book. But even he admits that veg are far too often overlooked in British cuisine.

One last thing, if you have an issue with alcohol, this may not be the book for you. He uses a fair amount of sherry, vermouth, wine, etc, in this book. This will cause problems at my side with a pregnant wife.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 19 July 2014
A brilliant sous vide chapter with the addition of elegant tasty recipes
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 9 August 2013
Take it out to dinner first (which is kind of messed up watching a food eat it's own kind #omnomnom #cannibalism), Pay the bill (bitches love getting their bills paid), drive her back to mine all flustered, disappoint her SO HARD, and when we're all done, eat her.

This little poetic description is how good this book is (It's very good). It has all them categories that you so require for every category of cooking you may think of. 'Tis a helpful, borderline encyclopedic, cook book. I think this is a lifer. And if you give it anything less than 5 stars, you're insulting my taste in cook books and you have no business being here.

Plus you learn more than recipes, you learn techniques and details about specific cooking styles and about the elements you're using. You get to use your brain. And for that price, It's a deal, it's a steal, it's the sale of the f***ing century. What else are you going to do with your extra bob? Finance revolutions?
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 30 July 2014
Very good. Heston knows his stuff.
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 28 November 2011
Book purchased for my partner. Very interesting and not too pompous. Some of the procedures are a bit complex and longwinded so its a bit of a challenge ie would you spend 7 hours cooking a piece of meat (my partner would!!)
Great tips for lots of things we all love ie prawn cocktail.
Great book and excellent value from Amazon
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 9 October 2014
Heston food is good food.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 14 July 2014
Found very informative
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