Celebrity chef Heston Blumenthal is the man who turned the world of cuisine on its head and became a national hero with an OBE and three Michelin stars. This is the full inspirational story of the self taught genius, from a life-changing childhood holiday in France, through to his brief apprenticeship in Raymond Blanc's restaurant. Heston is a gastronomic alchemist who sees the kitchen as a laboratory where he loves to experiment for the new ways to tantalise the taste-buds of diners at his legendary Fat Duck restaurant and the newly opened Dinner at the Mandarin Oriental. Taking a look behind the scenes of Heston's hit television shows including In Search of Perfection and Big Chef Takes on Little Chef, this book shows what drives this remarkable man. With signature dishes including snail porridge and egg and bacon ice cream Heston Blumenthal is an intriguing and bizarre chef. Appearing in a number of TV shows his unique style of cooking is well known, however very little is known about the man himself.
In this beautiful, smaller format edition of the award-winning Big Fat Duck Cookbook,we hear the full story of the meteoric rise of Heston Blumenthal andThe Fat Duck, birthplace of snail porridge and bacon-and-egg ice cream,and encounter the passion, perfection and weird science behind the manand the restaurant. Heston Blumenthal is widely acknowledgedto be a genius, and The Fat Duck has twice been voted the BestRestaurant in the World by a peer group of top chefs. But he isentirely self-taught, and the story of his restaurant has broken everyrule in the book. His success has been borne out of his pure obsession,endless invention and a childish curiosity into how things work- whether it's how smell affects taste, what different flavours mean tous on a biological level, or how temperature is distributed in thecentre of a soufflé. In the first section of The Fat Duck Cookbook,we learn the history of the restaurant, from its humble beginnings toits third Michelin star (the day Heston received the news of this hehad been wondering how exactly he would be able to pay his staff thatmonth). Next we meet 50 of his signature recipes - sardine on toastsorbet, salmon poached with liquorice, hot and iced tea, chocolate wine- which, while challenging for anyone not equipped with ice baths,dehydrators, vacuum pumps and nitrogen on tap, will inspire home cooksand chefs alike. Finally, we hear from the experts whose scientificknow-how has contributed to Heston's topsy-turvy world. With an introduction by Harold McGee, incredible colour photographs throughout and illustrations by Dave McKean,The Fat Duck Cookbookis not only the nearest thing to an autobiography from the world's mostfascinating chef, but also a stunning, colourful and joyous work ofart.
The SAGE Encyclopedia of Food Issues explores the topic of food across multiple disciplines within the social sciences and related areas including business, consumerism, marketing, and environmentalism. In contrast to the existing reference works on the topic of food that tend to fall into the categories of cultural perspectives, this carefully balanced academic encyclopedia focuses on social and policy aspects of food production, safety, regulation, labeling, marketing, distribution, and consumption. A sampling of general topic areas covered includes Agriculture, Labor, Food Processing, Marketing and Advertising, Trade and Distribution, Retail and Shopping, Consumption, Food Ideologies, Food in Popular Media, Food Safety, Environment, Health, Government Policy, and Hunger and Poverty. This encyclopedia introduces students to the fascinating, and at times contentious, and ever-so-vital field involving food issues. Key Features: Contains approximately 500 signed entries concluding with cross-references and suggestions for further readings Organized A-to-Z with a thematic “Reader’s Guide” in the front matter grouping related entries by general topic area Provides a Resource Guide and a detailed and comprehensive Index along with robust search-and-browse functionality in the electronic edition This three-volume reference work will serve as a general, non-technical resource for students and researchers who seek to better understand the topic of food and the issues surrounding it.
Ever wondered what chefs love to cook when they are in their own kitchen? Away from the intensity and heat of restaurant service, what food makes them happiest on a weekend off? 33 globally renowned chefs have each shared three recipes for their favourite weekend treats in this special MasterChef collection of food at home. The fascinating background of each chef is explored and accompanying candid snapshots from their home life provide a unique, never-seen-before window into their world. Such an intimate showcase of chefs' private cooking is artistically captured by the legendary photographer David Loftus. The chefs featured include: Ferran Adria, Andoni Aduriz, Michael Anthony, Elena Arzak, Jason Atherton, Joe Bastianich, Lidia Bastianich, Claude Bosi, Massimo Bottura, Claire Clark, Wylie Dufresne, Graham Elliot, Andrew Fairlie, Peter Gilmore, Peter Gordon, Bill Granger, Angela Hartnett, Tom Kerridge, Tom Kitchin, Atul Kochhar, Pierre Koffmann, Jamie Oliver, Ashley Palmer-Watts, Neil Perry, Gordon Ramsay, Eric Ripert, Joan and Jordi Roca, Ruth Rogers, Curtis Stone, David Thompson, Mitch Tonks and Tetsuya Wakuda.
In this raucous new anthology, thirty of the world's greatest chefs relate outrageous true tales from their kitchens. From hiring a blind line cook to butting heads with a crazed chef to witnessing security guards attacking hungry customers, these behind-the-scenes accounts are as wildly entertaining as they are revealing. A delicious reminder that even the chefs we most admire aren't always perfect, Don't Try This at Home is a must-have for anyone who loves food - or the men and women who masterfully prepare it.
Celebrity chef Heston Blumenthal is the man who turned the world of cuisine on its head and became a national hero with three Michelin stars. This is the inspirational story of his enthusiastic, self-taught genius. Heston is a gastronomic alchemist who sees the kitchen as a laboratory where he loves to experiment in ways to tantalise the taste-buds of diners at the Fat Duck restaurant and his newest restaurant Dinner. This biography traces his journey from a life-changing childhood holiday in France, through to his brief apprenticeship in Raymond Blanc's restaurant where he stood up to a kitchen bully. It then follows him as - constantly pushing the boundaries of his work - he reaches the top of his profession.
Since winning everyone over on Ramsay's Best Restaurant, Prashad has grown in size and reputation, and so too has the Patel family. In this, their second book, Kaushy returns the focus to the heart of Indian home cooking. Traditional recipes have been simplified using readily available ingredients. These are the quick dishes that can be prepared in the evenings when you're tired after work, meals to leave bubbling away while you relax at the weekend and feasts for special occasions - as well as everything you need to serve alongside: the breads, the rice and the chutneys. You'll also find many recipes drawing influence from British, Chinese and Italian cuisines - a perfect combining of cultures in the kitchen. And, because Gujaratis are well known for their sweet teeth, there are plenty of snacks and treats too. Life is all about balance after all. Times have changed and what we eat should suit our lifestyle, but whether you have 20 minutes or two hours, cooking should be enjoyed, bringing both you and those you are cooking for pleasure. From bhajis to feast biryanis to beans on toast, Gujarati-style, here are more than 100 recipes to bring warmth, taste and texture into your home, all made with the Patel's characteristic love and passion for vegetarian food.
Experimental Dining examines the work of four of the world’s leading creative restaurants: Noma, elBulli, The Fat Duck and Alinea. Using ideas from performance studies, cultural studies, philosophy and economics, the book explores the creation of the dining experience as a form of multisensory performance. It examines the construction of the world of the restaurants and their creative methods, the experience of dining and the broader ideological frames within which the work takes place. Experimental Dining brings together ideas around food, philosophy, performance and cultural politics to offer an interdisciplinary understanding of the practice and experience of creative restaurants. The author contends that the work of the experimental restaurant, while operating explicitly within an economy of experiences, is not absolutely determined by that political or economic context. Its practice has the potential to appeal to more than idle curiosity for novelty. It can be unsettling and revealing, provocative and evocative, personal and political, experimental and considered, thoughtful and sensual. Or in other words, that the food event can be art. Primary readership will be academics, researchers and scholars in the fields of food studies, performance studies and those with interests in the philosophy of everyday life, cognitive science and sensory studies. It will be a useful resource as supplementary reading on courses on Food and Performance. It may also have interest for chefs, gastronomes, restaurateurs and artists
This book considers the practices and techniques fans utilize to interact with different aspects and elements of food cultures. With attention to food cultures across nations, societies, cultures, and historical periods, the collected essays consider the rituals and values of fan communities as reflections of their food culture, whether in relation to particular foods or types of food, those who produce them, or representations of them. Presenting various theoretical and methodological approaches, the anthology brings together a series of empirical studies to examine the intersection of two fields of cultural practice and will appeal to sociologists, geographers and scholars of cultural studies with interests in fan studies and food cultures.
In this unique culinary memoir and cookbook, renowned cultural critic Elisabeth Bronfen tells of her lifelong love affair with cooking and reveals what she has learned about creating delicious home meals. As she shares her personal stories, and over 250 recipes, she also offers practical advice about tweaking recipes, reusing leftovers, and cooking for one.