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White Heat Paperback – May 1, 2009
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The first half is filled with wonderful black and white photographs by Bob Carlos Clarke of Marco in his adrenaline-filled, psychotic kitchen nightmare. These photographs are not the stock photos that fill most cookbooks of chef and crew posing for the camera, but moments in time, frozen by the camera's lens, of a real chef in the midst of cooking, tasting, plating and living.
The second half of the book is a cookbook, but don't expect to be cooking these dishes unless you have a squadron of prep cooks in your closet to help you out. They are `food porn' brought to us with Marco's recipes and beautiful color photography by Michael Boys. This is the type of cookbook that keeps me up at night. If you're familiar with other chef's cookbooks such as The French Laundry Cookbook, then you know what I mean. This is a cookbook of dreams, not recipes.
Marco Pierre White was born in Leeds, England and is proud of it. Throughout the text interspersed with the black and white photographs, we get a glimpse of the man who, at age 33, became the world's youngest and only Britsh chef to win three Michelin stars. In a style similar to that of Anthony Bourdain in his bestseller Kitchen Confidential, we get Marco's thoughts on everything from caterers who couldn't make it as real chefs to what brought him into the crazy world of food service in the first place. His rants go from tender to explosive at the drop of a hat, reminiscent of his reputation as the original Rock and Roll chef. Since his rise to greatness in 1991, Marco has stopped cooking himself to focus on his food empire, White Star Line Groups, which includes such London eateries as The Mirabelle and The Oak Room. What a loss to the food world.Read more ›
The original tv programs are available on youtube. These shows Mr White preparing each dish for the chefs who he trained under (at the time the best chefs in the UK - all Michelin Stars Chefs: Albert Roux(3*), Nico Lanedis(3*), Pierre Koffman(3*) and Raymond Blanc(2* .
"White Heat",on the other hand,shows a different side. It shows White's passion for cooking. It's more of a coffee table book than a cookbook. He shows his philosophy of cooking--simplicity. As he pontificated on the NBC show,"Let Mother Nature inspire you." The recipes are at once simple and complex. They're cooking to impress, and the glamorous pictures make it comparable to Top Chef Top Chef: The Cookbook, Revised Edition: Original Interviews and Recipes from Bravo's hit show
"White Heat" glimmers, but gives little heat. The food looks good--but could one cook it? Still,it is a rightly recognized classic.
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Interesting memoir. Worth reading, but a little over priced.Published 3 months ago by Nicholas Driscoll
i already knew this book was going to be full of Recipes i was not going to be able to conquer, but i purchased it anyways, this book will give you a great lesson on excellent... Read morePublished 5 months ago by james east
Great pictures and recipies. Classic. Legend. Amazing gift for any serious cooks.Published 9 months ago by Matt Smith