Historic Heston Blumenthal
This brilliant historical cookbook is a culinary journey through centuries of British cooking. Renowned Chef, Heston Blumenthal’s innovative recipe collection goes as far back as the court of King Richard II in 1390. Blumenthal then highlights feasting through the Middle Ages and all the way to 1816 and the time of Napoleon Bonaparte. This amazing cookbook is so well written it even won a James Beard Award for Cookbook of the Year in 2014
Heston Blumenthal goes into extreme detail to make sure the reader gets an accurate portrayal of the foods in Britain’s extraordinary history. These are not your basic recipes. These are masterpieces of culinary art. These artistic creations have multiple recipes within the recipes. For example, the recipe for Buttered Crab loaf has eleven sub recipes that must be perfectly executed to arrive at the proper final result.
British gastronomy has a grand old tradition that has been lost over time. Now our most inventive chef is out to reclaim it. Heston Blumenthal, whose name is synonymous with cutting-edge cuisine, still finds his greatest source of inspiration in the unique and delicious food that our sceptered isle once produced. This has been the secret to his success at world-famous restaurants The Fat Duck and Dinner, where a contrast between old and new, modern and historic, is key. Historic Heston charts a quest for identity through the best of British cooking that stretches from medieval to late-Victorian recipes. Start with twenty-eight historic dishes, take them apart, put them together again and what have you got? A sublime twenty-first-century take on delicacies including meat fruit (1500), quaking pudding (1660) and mock turtle soup (1892). Heston examines the history behind each one’s invention and the science that makes it work. He puts these dishes in their social context and follows obscure culinary trails, ferreting out such curious sources as The Queen-like Closet from 1672 (which offers an excellent method for drying goose). What it adds up to is an idiosyncratic culinary history of Britain. This glorious book also gives a unique insight into the way that Heston works, with signature dishes from both The Fat Duck and the double Michelin-starred Dinner. With a beautiful cover illustrated by the genius that is Dave McKean, his illustrations throughout, and some of the most superb food photography you’ll ever see, Historic Heston is a book to treasure. You think you know about British cooking? Think again.
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