"The horror!!!" writes Auldo, the Dutchman behind The Big Fat Undertaking, the cook-your-way-through-a-cookbook blog that documents his experience with Heston Blumenthal's The Big Fat Duck Cookbook (Amazon). Some may want to quote Mr. T and exclaim, "I PITY THE FOOL!" but we're totally impressed since this is, in fact, a truly epic project. His estimate [...]
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The smaller and — more importantly — cheaper edition of Heston Blumenthal's magnum opus The Big Fat Duck Cookbook is now available. Appropriately titled the de-Biggened The Fat Duck Cookbook (Amazon), the two books are completely identical in terms of content; essentially it's a scaled down version of the [...]
While we loved Heston Blumenthal's Big Fat Duck Cookbook — the crazy-gorgeous imagery! the insane-inspiring recipes! — we were not really so into its three-figure pricetag. So we were psyched to learn that there'd be a smaller, cheaper version released at some point in the indeterminate future.
The indeterminate future is now: The Fat Duck [...]
Heston Blumenthal's epic The Big Fat Duck Cookbook (buy at Amazon) really lives up to its name. It is, seriously, big. One of the defining characteristics of the book, in fact, is its bigness — massive in size, massive in scope, massive in price. It's a cookbook that is more than a cookbook, it's a [...]
We were flipping through The Big Fat Duck Cookbook (reviewed here), and we loved the details of the centerfold — a top-down view of Heston Blumenthal's brain (and Heston Blumenthal himself) — illustrated by Dave McKean.
The illustrations by Dave McKean in The Big Fat Duck Cookbook (reviewed here) are lovely, funny, and witty. Above is Heston Blumenthal doing research, with a cross-section of his head, exposing his meat brain.
Alinea vs The Big Fat Duck Cookbook
Jeffrey Steingarten has written the obligatory holiday cookbook roundup essay, and its introductory paragraphs smell faintly of rodent.
His focus is on the three holiday biggies — Thomas Keller’s Under Pressure, Heston Blumenthal’s The Big Fat Duck Cookbook, and Grant Achatz’ Alinea* — and he comes to the blisteringly [...]
There once was boy named Heston Blumenthal, and he wanted, more than anything, to be a chef. Not one for formal training, he pored over cookbooks by candlelight, night after night, soaking up all the culinary knowledge he could. One day, while journeying through the magical village of Bray, he stumbled upon a small pub [...]