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5.0 out of 5 stars The book you read before following instructions in another cooking book !, 13 Jan. 2013
This review is from: Heston Blumenthal at Home (Hardcover)
I like this book a lot and here is why. It is solid (no cover for immediate kitchen use) well laid out, with a simple font and lots of white space, simply explained by clear writing, precise instructions and wonderful photos. But it is the details of the explanations where this book really flies. The differentiator is that not only does Heston tell you what to do, he tells you the science behind these instructions so that you can understand why you should do it.

Chapters start with a general introduction followed by a discussion of cooking principles that apply to all recipes and containing occasional -how to - sections clearly differentiated in blue. Recipes then follow with a brief contextual introduction, ingredients and instructions. The odd thing is that given Heston's reputation for complexity, instructions are wonderfully clearly laid out and very easy to follow. And because Heston has taken the time to explain why it is important to do this and that, I find myself following his instructions precisely.

I am sure that I will try many of his recipes, but it is when you look at other cooking books that you really see this book's value. I read how Heston would do something before following another's recipes. This book is that good at teaching you.

Finally, there is a level of humility that runs throughout the book that is very pleasing. On the one hand, this makes the context easy to follow - you do not have to fight through someone's ego to get to the heart of the message. On the other, it has resulted in precious few pictures of Heston within the book. Not a bad thing, as however great a cook Heston is, he has some way to go before earning the title 'pretty boy' :)
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