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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Blumenthal is big on the flavours of our childhood, the easiest way to open the door to our memories, and he is not afraid to investigate the emotional punch of that nostalgia through his tasting menu.
It all sums up teh a remarkable work, if perhaps too lavish and even possibly contrived. Likewise, no one cookbkok open The Big Fat Duck Cookbook because they are looking for something to cook for supper though it does contain recipes. I also felt we were missing scenes here, it all reads very straightforwardly, there are no tears, sackings, thrown ladles or disasters.
Want to Read saving…. Heston has opened the door to science and technology, while keeping his traditional cooking roots and making way for Struggling find the key, the cunningly well-concealed two page index is eventually revealed folded-in within the middle of the book between pages andflanked by a couple of lollies: Heavy gloss paper accounts for much of that. Verily, as the Great Duck himself has expounded to us, style may reach, but should never exceed, practicability.
But an awful lot of professional chefs will also buy it, study the science section in detail, examine the recipes and let that influence seep deep into their own cooking. Part autobiography, part chemistry book, part cookbook. A brilliant move to include these.
The third section is about food science and includes features penned by some of the food coombook who have worked with Blumenthal over the years to create some of the effects and processes coojbook uses.
From this, it will become clear that I am an unabashed, wet-lipped, tongue-lolling fan of Blumenthal’s. It’s amazing food, but after consuming this much visually, I’m actually not sure it’s for me.
Totally impracticle, enourmously entertaining. Each one blummenthal with a stunning photograph or series of images, an anecdotal background and then the recipe itself, often consisting of several sub-recipes.
You go for green tea and vodka palate-cleansers ‘cooked’ in liquid nitrogen, or snail porridge the colour of grass hedton, for sardine on toast ice cream or a dessert made of all the things you’d have for breakfast including smoky bacon ice cream. Erica rated it it was amazing Jan 28, I think after a few weeks I’ll probably go back to it and pick through those lavishly presented pages with a few too many baldy Blumenthal cartoons and photos, IMHO to plunder them for the odd idea or two.
The Fat Duck Cookbook: Heston Blumenthal: Bloomsbury Publishing
Can’t forget cooking scrambled eggs at F. I’m willing to bet nobody ever tries to cook their way through this lot. On the second day of opening the oven exploded, and Heston spent the rest of service with hexton bag of frozen peas on his head.
I wouldn’t let that stop you buying it and plunging into the visually explosive world of Heston Blumenthal, because it’s certainly breathtaking.
Many full pages carry artful illustration; many are filled by the cameraman. Within these pages is found all-consuming overwhelming edible blumentjal on-the-edge adventure; teeth bared.
The Fat Duck Cookbook by Heston Blumenthal
These recipes are staggeringly long, involve fiendishly expensive pieces of equipment, are extraordinarily detailed and are probably, for the blumentyal cook, completely unmanageable, but that’s to miss the point. Apr 28, Warot Rodolph rated it it was amazing.
Tony rated it really liked it Mar 30, But you will certainly hestom the recipes and information about food and cooking that he has to offer. More cobblers will be written about this one volume than almost any other this year. He is the equivalent of the high-school physics class in which you shoot a flaming potato from one side of the football field to the other PLUS the art class where you take a bunch of naked pictures of people, make them into a collage, and get an A on the project, even if you can’t show it at the school art show, AND the English class in which you conjugate the hrston “shit” with the full cooperation of your teacher.
The Fat Duck Cookbook
To ask other readers questions about The Fat Duck Cookbookplease sign up. Luckily enough for me, my friend acquired the nitrogen in a liquid state to make some eggnog ice cream. He spent the next decade learning the basics of French cuisine from books and working as everything from a photocopier salesman to a debt collector to fund annual dat trips to France.
Even so, they are worth reading, partly because there are sub-recipes that are within reach try the gratin of truffled macaronipartly to appreciate the remarkable effort required to achieve the effect, and partly because it’s fun to spot unlikely ingredients.