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    DescriptionBritish 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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    Title
    Historic Heston
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Heston Blumenthal
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 432
    Width: 150 mm
    Height: 210 mm
    Thickness: 22 mm
    Weight: 454 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781408857571
    ISBN 10: 140885757X
    Classifications

    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: FOO
    BIC subject category V2: HBJD1
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: ET030
    Ingram Theme: CULT/BRITIS
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T16.1
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    B&T General Subject: 240
    Ingram Subject Code: CW
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 14540
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    BIC subject category V2: WBN
    BISAC V2.8: CKB041000
    Abridged Dewey: 641
    LC classification: TX
    DC22: 641.59
    B&T Approval Code: A97402000
    BISAC V2.8: CKB011000
    DC23: 641.5941
    Thema V1.0: NHD, WBN
    Thema geographical qualifier V1.0: 1DDU
    Publisher
    Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
    Imprint name
    Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
    Publication date
    09 October 2014
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Entirely self-taught, Heston Blumenthal is the most progressive chef of his generation. In 2004 he won the coveted three Michelin stars in near-record time for his restaurant The Fat Duck. It has repeatedly been voted into the top ten of the World's Best Restaurants by an international panel of 800 experts, as has his second restaurant, the double-Michelin-starred Dinner. In 2006 he was awarded an OBE. www.thefatduck.co.uk
    Review quote
    "There has never been a book like this . . . I could happily spend several days with this book and not even enter the kitchen." "--"Jeffrey Steingarten, "Vogue" "Dazzling . . . There's culinary sorcery at every turn." "--Time Out New York" "It's nearly impossible to sum up the awesomeness of this exquisitely packaged amalgamation of photographic still lifes, illustrations, and historic recipes. Lauded British chef Heston Blumenthal gives us a collector's item, a time capsule, and the ideal holiday gift all wrapped into one." "--Daily Candy" "[A] book that defies description . . . A headfirst dive down the rabbit hole, with Blumenthal as the Mad Hatter." "--"William Grimes, "The New York Times Book Review"