His first was Family Food: A New Approach to Cooking which I picked up after seeing him on a cookery TV programme. This has to be one of my top 3 cookbooks. Like you’d expect from a Heston recipe, most require a bit of cooking know how to get right but, practice makes perfect. Just take some time to make his Tomato Compote and mix it with his basic Risotto recipe and you’ll soon realise that the man is deservedly recognised as one of the greatest chefs in the world today. Why? Because he’s worked hard to create recipes which, as long as you put in the time and effort, look and taste fantastic.
His second books accompanied the BBC series, In Search of Perfection. In this series Heston took classic dishes like Black Forest Gateau, Fish & Chips, etc. and created his “perfect” version. You only has to watch the classic Black Forest Gateau episode to see what lengths the man goes to in search of perfection. A really interesting book with a bit of back story to each dish. I’m not sure which recipes you’d try but they’re really challenging and fun for the confident cook! If you know someone interested in food then this is a great book.
With his latest series comes another book, this time called Further Adventures in Search of Perfection. Only just showing in the UK on BBC2 Heston takes on more classic dishes. In the first episode he tackled what strangely is the most popular dish in the UK. For all you non-UK ITs Food readers, it isn’t “Fish & Chips” or “Roast Beef”, no it’s “Chicken Tikka Masala”! This book has yet to turn up from Amazon but if it’s anything like the first one it’ll be a fascinating read for both the enthusiastic cook and the “foodie”.
A while ago Heston mentioned on The Fat Duck website that he was working on a Fat Duck Cook Book. No sign of it yet but I can’t wait to see it so I can try making Snail Porridge or Smoked Egg and Bacon Ice Cream. A review of these dishes to come…
I just hope he keeps it simple and doesn’t do the same as the current best restaurant in the world (the Fat Duck is now second best apparently!) and put out a beautiful, but expensive coffee table book.