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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Like a witch’s cauldron, I stirred the pot while the liquid nitrogen was poured in.

First, take your snails and your porridge…

Erica rated it it was amazing Jan 28, It’s made up of three parts, Blumenthal’s account of his journey to three star international acclaim; a selection of Fat Duck recipes and a section on the scienc I brought this back to the UAE from the UK after Christmas, something of a labour of love as the book weighs 5kg! Vuck these pages is found all-consuming overwhelming edible one-on-one on-the-edge adventure; teeth bared.

One of the most interesting and intensive cookbooks I’ve read. What else is there to say? Split into several sections the book gives a complete overview of the resteraunt, from it’s history, to the techniques and ingredients and complete recipes for “every” dish that has appeared on their menu.

Such playful and sumptuous exploitation! You go for green tea and vodka palate-cleansers ‘cooked’ in liquid nitrogen, or snail porridge the colour of grass clippings, for sardine on toast ice cream or a dessert made of all the things you’d have for breakfast copkbook smoky bacon ice cream. Definition left temporarily speechless, each sense fibrillates until every sense and all sense interlocks in a stay-snapping heightened pirouetting spatial awareness of utter, utterly glorious pleasures of hope and expectations fulfilled.

View all 5 comments. Truely a sight to behold. Very interesting and innovative ideas for each recipe.


Blumenthal gliding through a dreamland of foods cookbook in a bumper year. I’m willing to bet nobody ever tries to cook their way through this lot. For information on how we process your data, read our Privacy Policy. Heston discusses the evolution of his cooking at his first restaurant The Fat Duck, which is a very interesting journey.

It is not a domestic cookbook but a document, and fits into a publishing genre that flourishes in Europe if not here: Part autobiography, part chemistry book, part cookbook. And that, finally, is the point of this book: Technicolor sights, olfactory ecstasy, salivary explorations, a texture of a ripple felt, a snap and the dish is cookbkok.

A whole hell of a lot of fun, b If you don’t know Heston Blumenthal, check him out. Finally there is the science stuff, a set of explanations so complete and detailed they’ve had to drop the type size to get it all in.

The Big Fat Duck Cookbook

At the bottom-right of pagein a discussion of a langoustine dish, Blumenthal advises a ratio of 1: It’s made hedton of three parts, Blumenthal’s account of his journey to three star international acclaim; a selection of Fat Duck recipes and a section on the science of food.

The third section is about food science and includes features penned by some of the food scientists hesyon have worked with Blumenthal over the years to create some of the effects and processes he uses. I’m really pleasantly surprised by how much I appreciate his persectives.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Its recipes are almost the least of its appeal: And I’m glad I read it, I do admire the man and his work, even if I don’t quite feel I understand him. I was given this book for Christmas. 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 have lent this book to several people, including a Chemistry teacher who rushed out and bought the book for himself. I was pleasantly surprised by Heston’s curiosity and how that linked with his love of food has created this wonderfully investigative way of thinking about cooking 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 It might not be my style of food, but it is amazing to read about his story.

Tony rated it really liked it Mar 30, I may not cook any recipes in here in their entirety, but I’ve already taken a few of the ideas and used them in my cooking. The pants are still there for the chucking. Jeffrey Steingarten reviewed the book for Vogue and said it was a “glorious spectacle. Gradually, the restaurant eventually moved from serving simple French bistro food to the innovative, rule-breaking, multi-sensory tasting menu it serves today. Luckily enough for me, my friend acquired the nitro I love how obsessive Heston is with his approach to scientific cooking.

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Do we have to understand chefs? Apr 16, Keith rated it it was amazing. Book ratings by Goodreads. Megan rated it really liked it Jul 24, Dispatched from the UK in 2 business days When will my order arrive? I love how obsessive Heston is with his approach to scientific cooking.

The food photography is stunning, I think, because it’s so big and Blumenthal’s food is so dramatic