In Search of Total Perfection by Heston Blumenthal

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    • Ingredients: whole chicken; butter; groundnut oil; potatoes; garlic; rosemary; carrots; broccoli
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    • Ingredients: whole duck; pork spareribs; fresh ginger; spring onions; Shaoxing rice wine; Szechuan pepper; Szechuan chiles; ground cinnamon; whole star anise; ground cardamom; mandarin oranges; gray sea salt; cucumbers
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    • Ingredients: cucumbers; spring onions; cinnamon sticks; whole star anise; whole cloves; coriander seeds; black peppercorns; duck skin; malt extract; rice wine vinegar; wood chips; grapeseed oil; Chinese pancakes; hoisin sauce
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    • Ingredients: butter; Stilton cheese; button mushrooms; caster sugar; red wine vinegar; red wine; mace; black peppercorns; whole cloves; shallots; beef rib-eye steaks; smoked salt; iceberg lettuce; cherry tomatoes; groundnut oil
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    • Ingredients: Jack Daniel's whiskey; beef short-ribs; kidney beans; cherry tomatoes; chile powder; smoked paprika; oxtail; beef bones; grapeseed oil; minced beef; onions; leeks; carrots; red wine; long bell peppers; cipollines onions; red peppers; butter; ground cumin; limes; Tabasco sauce; Parmesan cheese; tomato ketchup; Worcestershire sauce; garlic; jalapeño chiles; tomato purée; canned or frozen corn; double cream; plain flour; caster sugar; sour cream; dry ice
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    • Ingredients: strong white flour; rapid-rise dry yeast; egg yolks; caster sugar; powdered milk; grapeseed oil; sesame seeds; beef chuck; beef short-ribs; beef brisket; manzanilla sherry; garlic; black peppercorns; thyme; sodium citrate; Comté cheese; tomatoes; butter; tomato concentrate; mustard; mayonnaise; pickles; onions; iceberg lettuce; Trex vegetable fat
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    • Ingredients: white bread; pork back fat; bread rusks; white pepper; nutmeg; mace; ground ginger; golden syrup; minced pork; hog casings; groundnut oil; whole star anise; onions; pork skin; pork legs; sage; sherry vinegar; potatoes; milk; butter; agar-agar
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    • Ingredients: plain flour; rice flour; honey; vodka; lager beer; groundnut oil; turbot; potatoes; pickled onions
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    • Ingredients: vanilla pods; plain flour; butter; icing sugar; lemons; egg yolks; brown bread; eggs; double cream; golden syrup; milk; caster sugar; glucose; dry ice
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    • Categories: Cakes, large; Dessert; American
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  • Stonesoup

    I have taken some inspiration from it. And my Irishman uses it to make his killer spaghetti bolognese. I do love Heston and the fact that he’s made food science sexy.

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  • ISBN 10 1408802449
  • ISBN 13 9781408802441
  • Published Jul 06 2009
  • Format Paperback
  • Page Count 496
  • Language English
  • Countries United Kingdom
  • Publisher Bloomsbury
  • Imprint Bloomsbury Publishing PLC

Publishers Text

Heston Blumenthal has made his name creating such original dishes as Snail Porridge and Nitrogen Scrambled Egg & Bacon Ice Cream at his internationally acclaimed restaurant, The Fat Duck. In this book, Heston focuses his creative talent on reinventing some of our most well-known (and most abused) dishes. He travels around the world in search of definitive versions of sixteen classic dishes: Roast Chicken & Roast Potatoes, Pizza, Hamburger, Bangers & Mash, Fish Pie, Steak, Spaghetti Bolognese, Risotto, Fish & Chips, Chilli Con Carne, Chicken Tikka Masala, Peking duck, Black Forest Gateau, Treacle Tart & Ice Cream, Trifle and Baked Alaska. Among the many adventures on his quest, he travels to Delhi and makes an MRI scan of the marinated chicken in his Tikki Masala; he discovers the secret to the ultimate crispy duck in Peking and experiments at home by inflating a Gressingham on a footpump; he walks the Dickensian streets of Lambeth and learns how to capture the essence of a fish and chip shop in a perfume bottle, and he explores the Willy Wonka-esque Tate&Lyle factory and tastes some seventy-year-old syrup that proves an inspiration for the flavour of his treacle tart. Total Perfection is an original, inspiring and fascinating voyage around the culinary globe.

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