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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The recipes in this book are largely for other professional chefs looking to replicate the Fat Duck menu, as the recipes are far too complex and impractical for even the most enthusiastic home cook.

Huge congratulations to Blumenthal and his team for this over the top, way over the top, effort. The point is to ensure that starch released during cooking is of insufficient a concentration to yield gluey cooked pasta.

Mitchell Figueroa rated it really liked it Nov 19, An astonishing achievment from one of the most exciting figures in cutting-edge cooking. But he is entirely self-taught, and the story of his restaurant has broken every rule in the 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 But there are also walk-on parts for frozen peas, mass-produced white bread and Marmite. Visit our Beautiful Books page and find lovely books for kids, photography lovers and more.


If you disapprove of the idea of cooking as pure art form you should stay clear, or at least keep quiet. Finally, we hear from the experts whose scientific know-how has contributed to Heston’s topsy-turvy world. We use cookies to give you the best possible experience. If anything, in the years I have been both eating and talking to Blumenthal about his food, my respect for the man has only grown. 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 dufk to achieve the effect, and partly because it’s fun to spot unlikely ingredients.

The Fat Duck Cookbook

As Blumenthal himself says: To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. And that, finally, is the point of this book: Katrina rated it it was amazing Jul 26, Hester Blumenthal has an entirely different take on cooking and a blumwnthal understanding of food science. Blumenthal’s accompanying essays are the meat of the text and make for a fascinating pages of reading.

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. If you’re a foodie seeking to experiment in the kitchen or looking to experience new flavours; this cookbook is simply inspirational coupled with a fascinating story of Heston Blumenthal.

The Fat Duck Cookbook by Heston Blumenthal

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I’m not expecting to cook any of the dishes from the recipes section, nor even sure I want to go and eat at The Fat Duck, but there are definitely lots of ideas and insights to take away. Food and drink books Porridge reviews.

I may not cook any recipes in here in their tthe, but I’ve already taken a few of the ideas and used them in my cooking. Megan rated it really liked it Jul 24, 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.

On the second day of opening the oven exploded, and Heston spent the rest of service with a bag of frozen peas on his head. I’m really pleasantly surprised by how much I appreciate his persectives. There are an awful lot of sub-standard, badly written and untested recipes and cookbooks out there on the open market; poised to sabotage the unwary purchaser.

Bethanie Butcher rated it really liked it Sep 22, 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.