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Fish and chips; roast chicken; spaghetti bolognese; steak and salad; pizza; sausages and mashed potatoes; black forest cake; and treacle tart and ice cream: all as good as they can possibly be. With this book, a tie-in to the BBC series of the same name, Michelin three-star winner Heston Blumenthal delivers the absolute last word in how to cook these timeless dishes. He lo Fish and chips; roast chicken; spaghetti bolognese; steak and salad; pizza; sausages and mashed potatoes; black forest cake; and treacle tart and ice cream: all as good as they can possibly be. With this book, a tie-in to the BBC series of the same name, Michelin three-star winner Heston Blumenthal delivers the absolute last word in how to cook these timeless dishes. He looks at the origin of the dishes, how to find the best ingredients (in America as well as in the UK) and what to look for, and, of course, how to cook them to perfection. Along the way, readers are treated to priceless culinary lessons: everything from how to cut potatoes for flawless frying to where to find the choicest beef to the two secret ingredients in spaghetti Bolognese (nutmeg and cream!). Lavishly illustrated with gorgeous photos, and including "perfect" recipes for each dish, this unrivaled book deserves a place as a staple in every cook's home.


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Fish and chips; roast chicken; spaghetti bolognese; steak and salad; pizza; sausages and mashed potatoes; black forest cake; and treacle tart and ice cream: all as good as they can possibly be. With this book, a tie-in to the BBC series of the same name, Michelin three-star winner Heston Blumenthal delivers the absolute last word in how to cook these timeless dishes. He lo Fish and chips; roast chicken; spaghetti bolognese; steak and salad; pizza; sausages and mashed potatoes; black forest cake; and treacle tart and ice cream: all as good as they can possibly be. With this book, a tie-in to the BBC series of the same name, Michelin three-star winner Heston Blumenthal delivers the absolute last word in how to cook these timeless dishes. He looks at the origin of the dishes, how to find the best ingredients (in America as well as in the UK) and what to look for, and, of course, how to cook them to perfection. Along the way, readers are treated to priceless culinary lessons: everything from how to cut potatoes for flawless frying to where to find the choicest beef to the two secret ingredients in spaghetti Bolognese (nutmeg and cream!). Lavishly illustrated with gorgeous photos, and including "perfect" recipes for each dish, this unrivaled book deserves a place as a staple in every cook's home.

30 review for Heston Blumenthal: In Search of Perfection: Reinventing Kitchen Classics

  1. 5 out of 5

    DeAnna Knippling

    Nobody gets "disgusted face" like Heston Blumenthal, because he shaves his head, and it goes all the way up. Anyway, a great book. You should read it, if nothing else, than for the description of the process of making chocolate: it includes how things smell and taste throughout the stages. The recipes end up somewhat involved for the average home cook, but the process of how he gets to the recipes is the really fun part.

  2. 5 out of 5

    John

    I largely don't believe in platonic perfect version of food; there's no perfect tomato sauce--but perfect tomato sauce(s) based on personal preference. Books like the Modernist Cuisine tried to bridge this gap, by creating the 36-Hour Hamburger, which was an attempt to synthesize the best flavors of cheese with the best consistencies via molecular gastronomy. Heston, the owner of the The Fat Duck is known as experimental and an innovator, by creating things like Snail Porridge, Nitrogen Scramble I largely don't believe in platonic perfect version of food; there's no perfect tomato sauce--but perfect tomato sauce(s) based on personal preference. Books like the Modernist Cuisine tried to bridge this gap, by creating the 36-Hour Hamburger, which was an attempt to synthesize the best flavors of cheese with the best consistencies via molecular gastronomy. Heston, the owner of the The Fat Duck is known as experimental and an innovator, by creating things like Snail Porridge, Nitrogen Scrambled Egg and Bacon Ice Cream. Much of his stuff is absurd and avant garde. Howver, this book is a bit on the fundamentals and back to basics--with an attempt to create "perfect" version of some classics; Roast Chicken and Roast Potatoes, Pizza, Steak, Spaghetti Bolognese, Fish and Chips, Bangers and Mash, Black Forest Gateau and lastly Treacle Tart and Ice Cream. These are fancy and elevated by generally approachable attempts. A nice balance.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Mark Farley

    Rather than some wanky indulgent chef's book including his snail porridge and bacon and sausage breakfast ice cream (or whatever it was), Heston's first venture was to take those traditional childhood favourites, things like pizza and bangers and mash, spag bol etc, and delve deep into the history of each dish and span the globe to find the finest ingredients for each component. As well as spelling out his own perfect recipe. Its very much a travel memoir and history of food. It's a really great Rather than some wanky indulgent chef's book including his snail porridge and bacon and sausage breakfast ice cream (or whatever it was), Heston's first venture was to take those traditional childhood favourites, things like pizza and bangers and mash, spag bol etc, and delve deep into the history of each dish and span the globe to find the finest ingredients for each component. As well as spelling out his own perfect recipe. Its very much a travel memoir and history of food. It's a really great read, aside from being a mere cook book.

  4. 5 out of 5

    The Book Nazi

    I felt kinda intimidated at first reading a book by Heston Blumenthal. The man is a scientist in the Kitchen, Heston's reputation – as a Michelin-starred chef whose restaurant "The Fat Duck" was declared at one time the best in the world – and as a man who creates food using dry ice and vacuum packs and not-so-known utensils. But as I flipped through the pages reading this well researched book offering a sea of knowledge on Pizza,Fish And Chips, Sausages & Mash, Trifle, Black forrest cake...It m I felt kinda intimidated at first reading a book by Heston Blumenthal. The man is a scientist in the Kitchen, Heston's reputation – as a Michelin-starred chef whose restaurant "The Fat Duck" was declared at one time the best in the world – and as a man who creates food using dry ice and vacuum packs and not-so-known utensils. But as I flipped through the pages reading this well researched book offering a sea of knowledge on Pizza,Fish And Chips, Sausages & Mash, Trifle, Black forrest cake...It made me hungry and made me go into my kitchen and try some of them out. It is a book well worth reading and has the potential to make its readers into more skilled and confident cooks. Even more importantly, the book is not pompous - it has a down to earth style and the scientific facts interest us rather than send us to sleep or give us nervous jitters. The Book is a companion to his show by the samename.. here is Heston making Fish & Chips http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rQaLjL... Because of this Book My Fish And Chips and Sausages and Mashed Potatoes taste ''Fat Duck'' Good ;)

  5. 5 out of 5

    Emma Fite-Wassilak

    This is interesting and informative, if not really for cooking from. Blumenthal takes an approach to cooking that I would be all to happy to replicate, if only time, money, and equipment allowed. Alas, the average layman does not have access to the kind of resources he does, and thus can only expect the results of recipes to fall short of the fabled perfection he is questing after. As a read, however pretentious it may get, it is fun, even funny sometimes, and may spark off quirky ideas in terms This is interesting and informative, if not really for cooking from. Blumenthal takes an approach to cooking that I would be all to happy to replicate, if only time, money, and equipment allowed. Alas, the average layman does not have access to the kind of resources he does, and thus can only expect the results of recipes to fall short of the fabled perfection he is questing after. As a read, however pretentious it may get, it is fun, even funny sometimes, and may spark off quirky ideas in terms of approaches to food. Worth a look, at least.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Kit

    Makes you more thoughtful about the science & techniques that goes into cooking. A most enjoyable read. Sorry that it came to an end. Also doubles as a travel guide for those who want addresses of good eats! Makes you more thoughtful about the science & techniques that goes into cooking. A most enjoyable read. Sorry that it came to an end. Also doubles as a travel guide for those who want addresses of good eats!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Airflux

    More of a philosophy book in the depth it takes to really understand a dish: from its foundation to its science to its evolution

  8. 4 out of 5

    Able Lawrence

    Mind blowing! If you take the approach of Heston Blumenthal, you can perfect anything, just anything.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Rory

    My chips now ROCK !

  10. 4 out of 5

    Artem Huletski

    Molecular gastronomy (like This) is interesting.

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    Caspar Gregers

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    Kim Schotanus

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