The Fat Duck Cook Book by Heston Blumenthal

Another book sent to us from The Book People, this one’s a mighty weighty tome in every sense. Fans of Mr Blumenthal will love the history and background read here, how he and his team came together and changed the way people such as my teenage son think about catering as a career.

For me, it’s way too complicated to use as a cookery book. Recipes that require ingredients such as isomalt, dionised water, TIC gums alginate 488T and spray dried apple granules look like trouble, but I am old school, youngest son has marvelled over every page. Photography and descriptions are terrific so if you can’t afford any of Mr Blumenthal’s restaurants, then this might be a good alternative. Buy here where it appears to be cheaper than Amazon.

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