This is a popular post so read the following updates first:
- Read our reviews of The Fat Duck here.
- Do you want the recipes? See the bottom of this post for details!
- There is a paperback book called “Total Perfection: In Search of Total Perfection” which covers both series and has ALL recipes. Available from Amazon (UK) or Amazon (US).
Well I almost missed this but Heston Blumenthal has returned for a second series of his excellent series In Search Of Perfection on BBC2, Tuesdays at 20:30. The BBC website tells us…
The search begins
Culinary alchemist and three Michelin-starred chef Heston Blumenthal once again demonstrates his incomparable approach, revolutionising some of the nation’s favourite dishes.
In his quest for the perfect hamburger, Peking duck, chilli con carne and more, Heston will analyse every component and ingredient of each dish, to create the ultimate taste sensation. In a bid to source the ultimate ingredients, he’ll visit food growers and providers from across the world. Back home, he and a few passionate researchers form an elite team who’ll stop at nothing to help him attain his goal.
In the first episode, Heston turns his attention to Chicken tikka masala. The search starts at his local curry house in Cookham, Berkshire, but soon takes him to Delhi where he tries to unravel the complicated roots of this dish. On returning to his restaurant in Bray, Heston tries to build his own tandoor but soon realises that most people aren’t able to dig a five-foot-deep hole in the ground and line it with fire bricks. So, he comes up with a more accessible solution – a barbecue, but with a few bespoke alterations.
In Cambridge, Heston puts a chicken breast through a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan to see how a marinade affects the meat as he tries to create the perfect sauce.
Try Heston’s Chicken tikka masala recipe – it will be available online for ten days after the programme. The recipes accompanying the video clips will be available on the site until the end of December 2007.
Heston Blumenthal Recipes and additional information are available in a book to accompany the series, Further Adventures in Search of Perfection by Heston Blumenthal.
Last night’s episode was excellent, I can’t wait for the rest of the series!
Recipes are online for only 10 days after each show. If they are not there I have them all saved as PDF files so if you want them let me know 😉
Episode 2: Heston’s Hamburger can be found here
Episode 3: Heston’s Peking Duck can be found here
Episode 4: Heston’s Fish Pie can be found here
Episode 5: Heston’s Baked Alaska can be found here
Episode 6: Heston’s Chilli con carne can be found here
Episode 7: Heston’s Risotto can be found here
Episode 8: Heston’s Trifle can be found here
Christmas Special: Unfortunately there are no recipes online for this show 😦
One more thing, if I do send you the PDF’s or you’ve found this website helpful we’d appreciate it if you’d either buy the book through us if you decide to or even send us a donation via PayPal (use the email address itsfood @ googlemail . com without the spaces) . 🙂