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In Search of Perfection Hardcover – November 2, 2006
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Even better, Blumenthal does not take the `Cooks Illustrated' route to excellence. And, the difference between his dishes and the same dish by `Cooks Illustrated' is a great lesson in how different OBJECTIVES can lead to far different realizations of excellence! While a major `Cooks Illustrated' objective is ease of accomplishing the dish, Blumenthal never once places simplicity before great taste. I suspect he may have avoided using highly specialized equipment or rare ingredients, but he never compromises when it comes to the time required to do the preparation. And, this is not a point of view he adopted just for this show. As a self-taught cook, he, like Julia Child, spent many years deconstructing French recipes and cuisine so he really knew how it worked.Read more ›
I am a big fan of Alton Brown, and now I have found an even greater hero: Heston!
Just one thing though - he scares the living daylights out of me - if he weren't in a kitchen the only safe place for him is a padded lockdown.
I've made about two of the recipes so far, and I am looking forward to doing more. I have already ordered Further Adventures in Search of Perfection and pre-ordered his (very expensive) The Big Fat Duck Cookbook.
On his Fish and Chips:
Alas, no turbot on the US West Coast. Maybe no-one understands me because I use the English pronunciation (like fillet) - pronouncing both t's, unlike the American/French with a silent 2nd t.
I used halibut - love halibut.
His batter method is unnecessarily long-winded. I used a 5lb CO2 bottle with a special adapter for a standard plastic soda bottle instead of a soda siphon, With this exception completed his recipe and found where the book's true value is:
It didn't work for me, but it allowed me to see where to improve my beer batter recipe that I have used for years.
I now use 2/3 beer, 1/3 vodka, (plus a large splash of lemon juice and paprika).
And now I make very small batter batches, don't wait for the every last lump to disappear, batter immediately, and straight in the fryer - all as fast as possible. It is a tangible improvement - thanks Heston!
His chips (french fries) again has what to my unrefined palette is an unnecessary step - the initial boil.Read more ›
After catching a few of Heston Blumenthal's episodes from the UK TV show In Search of Perfection, I ran out to find the accompanying book. Blumenthal's premise isn't that there is only one right way to make a dish, but this rather his attempt to re-examine the roots of dishes that everyone in Britain knows and (when done right) loves. There are actually very few recipes in the book -- just 8 meals. All of them are familiar, most even to American readers: roast chicken and roast potatoes; pizza; steak; spaghetti Bolognese; fish and chips; bangers and mash; Black Forest Gateau; treacle tart and ice cream.
But you won't mind the limited recipe list a bit, because each "dish" is really an in-depth discussion of the chemistry, social history, provenance, and travelogue about the ingredients. The roast chicken chapter, for instance, has several pages on "the cult of the chicken" including a trip to the source of the best: French Bresse chickens. He interviews someone who raises the chickens, explains the peculiar ecology that makes it unique (such as the lack of chalk in the soil), and shares plenty of details.Read more ›
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Everything I've made from the Perfection books has been awesome. As a cookbook (book about cooking), I prefer Modernist Cuisine, but the actual recipes here are a lot better. Read morePublished on March 12, 2013 by Magnus Alvestad
I actually thought this was the dvd series and ordered it for my dad for christmas. He loved it anywayPublished on February 1, 2013 by Allison L. Zuber
If you believe his theories, you'd love his recipes. He's more than a Chef and is a food scientist. Result of recipes is proven successful!Published on September 11, 2012 by Wendy
expensive but hey its bloomenthal worth the money xcellent service thanx.found recipe for cooking chips awsome but by the time i had made them my family had left to go to the chipyPublished on July 31, 2012 by g w jones
I've been looking for this book for some time -- my daughter is tired of my thieving her copy. The purchased book was in exactly-as-described condition (from Ocelot, U.K. Read morePublished on April 10, 2012 by colpop
This has to be one of the most agreeable and enjoyable cookery books ever written. It is the personal story of how Blumenthal researched a dozen of the commonest, simplest and most... Read morePublished on July 11, 2010 by R. RESTALL
this is a great book for those who are really into the breakdown of a dish. It really gets into the science of cooking and methods of preperation. Read morePublished on February 1, 2010 by cubanmofo