The Fat Duck Cookbook has ratings and 23 reviews. ^ said: Here is a book for and of the alpha-fe/male; a clear statement of status, of pecking-order. Nobody goes to Heston Blumenthal’s restaurant because they are feeling a bit peckish (though it happens that a visit to the Fat Duck will sate. The Big Fat Duck Cookbook by Heston Blumenthal, , available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide.

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Huge congratulations to Blumenthal and his team for this over the top, way over the top, effort. Part autobiography, part chemistry book, part cookbook. If you want to step out of the ordinary into a richly original world of food, this is a very good start!

The Fat Duck Cookbook

Who knew the whipping of a pink spiced pickling foam could look so, well, gynaecological? As an actual instructional cookbook, it is a bit useless, unless you happen to have a rotary evaporator, centrifuge and a few pounds of Gellan on hand.


xookbook You go to the Fat Duck for theatre; for intriguing flavour combinations and cooking techniques that will screw with your head and make you think about the relationship between the way we feed ourselves and our emotions. In this beautiful, smaller format edition of the award-winning Big Fat Duck Cookbookwe hear the full story of the meteoric rise of Heston Blumenthal and The Fat Duck, birthplace of snail porridge and bacon-and-egg ice cream, and encounter the passion, perfection and weird science behind the man and the restaurant.

Technical equipment, chemistry and processes applied by Blumenthal are not that dissimilar from those of the manufacture of pharmacologically active drugs. You can unsubscribe from newsletters at any time by clicking the unsubscribe link in any newsletter.


If cooking were meant solely to nourish the body we would just be steaming everything and it would be terribly dull.

The Fat Duck Cookbook by Heston Blumenthal

Gradually, the restaurant eventually moved from serving simple French bistro food to the innovative, rule-breaking, multi-sensory tasting menu it serves today. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Many full pages carry artful illustration; many are filled by the cameraman.

This is the British answer to the insanely talented Thomas Keller’s lavish arch-work of food porn, The French Laundry Cookbook, Harper can surely not have started out on this project with any thought of making money from it.

Blumenthal’s accompanying essays are the meat of the text and make for a fascinating pages of reading. Books by Heston Blumenthal.

Tony rated it really liked it Mar 30, And just what are his plans for the future What else is there hrston say? A whole hell of a lot of fun, b If you don’t know Heston Blumenthal, check him out. And that, finally, is the point of this book: Life can be wonderful. If you don’t know Heston Blumenthal, check him out. He clearly demonstrates his passion for food which shines through his revolutionary recipes and one will gain a deeper understanding of the science and flavours of food and how This is not your typical cookbook, Heston Blumenthal a curious chemist, lovingly writes how bluemnthal became interested in food and his scientific approach to cooking with absolute precision.

Stock-up too on skimmed milk powder, tartaric acid, and cryogenically frozen foie gras. I had fun following the chef and his train of thought cooobook this book. But all of this is stagesetting and infrastructure for the recipes with the wacko names, the sci-fi techniques and the eureka tastes and flavors Want to Blumentual saving….


The hestno creative and brilliant chef working today. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Heston Blumenthal is widely acknowledged to be a genius, and The Fat Duck has twice been voted the Best Restaurant in the World by a peer group of top chefs. Nov 14, Sandy rated it really liked it Shelves: The Big Fat Duck Cookbook.

It is true that a lot of enthusiastic home cooks will receive this as a gift this Christmas, pore over the pictures, read the text and never once cook from it.

First, take your snails and your porridge…

It’s admirable, but ultimately a bit wearing. From this, it will become clear that I am an unabashed, wet-lipped, tongue-lolling fan of Blumenthal’s.

By the time I got to section three, I was worn down with chemistry fatigue. Can’t forget cooking scrambled eggs at F. Some are broken down into their many component parts, but they will remain very “cheffy. One of the books that most influenced him was On Food and Cooking by Harold McGee, which questioned the fundamental rules of the kitchen and explored the science of cooking.

I was given this book for Christmas. Makes you want to call Bray immediately to get a table at the earliest opportunity, which is two months from now. About Heston Blumnethal Chef Heston Blumenthal has been described as a culinary alchemist for his innovative style of cuisine.