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Heston Blumenthal at Home

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Until now, home cooking has remained stubbornly out of touch with technological development but Heston Blumenthal, champion of the scientific kitchen ... Show synopsis

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Overall customer rating: 5.000
Peter T

Modernist Cuisine from your own kitchen

by Peter T on Nov 7, 2013

There is no chance that I will ever have dinner at The Fat Duck restaurant, if for no other reason than it is 5,000 miles from my home. So if I want experience even a hint of the taste of the cuisine that earned Heston Blumenthal 3 MIchelin Stars and saw his restaurant named "The Best in the World," I'm going to have to make it myself. This book makes that possible. This is something of a companion volume to the BBC Television series "How To Cook Like Heston," episodes of which can be viewed on YouTube. The combination of watching Blumenthal prepare the dishes in a home kitchen environment along with having the text of the recipe and written explanation both of the novel techniques required, and what the Chef was looking to achieve, makes it possible for a home cook to create meals that are delicious examples of innovative modernist cuisine. To be honest, these recipes are not always easy. But attempting them teaches you the value of some classic restaurant techniques, like completing all of your preparation - mis en place - in advance of cooking, and practicing a sort of "Modular" style of preparing sauces and stocks ahead of time, when you have free time available, so that you can assemble the components into a fantastic meal with ease. This book - and the YouTube videos - has made me a big fan of Heston Blumenthal both as a cook and as a teacher.

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