Is This A Cookbook?: Adventures in the Kitchen (Hardcover)
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A culinary adventure from three-time James Beard Award-winning, Michelin-starred chef Heston Blumenthal—but is it a cookbook?
Well, it’s full of Heston’s typically marvelous recipes like pea and ham soup-in-a-sandwich and bacon and egg porridge, popcorn popcorn chicken and (r)ice cream. But in Heston’s kitchen, to cook is to embark on a journey of quantum gastronomy: exploring the palate, feeding the inner child, and plunging headfirst through the plate and into the soul.
Each of the 70 simple, straightforward recipes is accompanied by Heston’s stories, insights, and hacks, turning each cooking session into a journey—and revealing a whole world of culinary possibilities and fresh perspectives. Brought to life by the incredible illustrations by Dave McKean, Heston's long-term collaborator and one of the greatest illustrators at work today, Is This A Cookbook? is the next best thing to having Heston as your sous-chef.
Why not take him along as your adventure partner, too?
About the Author
Heston Blumenthal is entirely self-taught and one of the most progressive chefs of his generation. He's worked with food historians, perfumists, food physiologists, and biochemists the world over in a bid to change our perceptions and open our eyes to the food we eat, by engaging all of our senses. In 2004 he won the coveted three Michelin-stars in near-record time for his restaurant, The Fat Duck, which has twice been voted the best restaurant in the world by Restaurant Magazine's panel of experts. He also owns Dinner, a two-Michelin star restaurant in London, and two pubs in Bray, Berkshire. Heston has won a number of awards for his restaurants, tv shows, and books, and in 2006 he was awarded an OBE for his contributions to British gastronomy. He lives in Berkshire in the UK. @thehestonblumenthalteam
“Dreamlike... His sorta-cookbook stirs up inspiration and helps us think about flavor-and the experience of eating-differently. It's trippy like that... It'd make an unexpected and great gift for curious, science-minded cooks, or pro chefs who like to get a little weird.” —Bon Appetit, "Best Cookbooks of 2022"
"An intriguing title from the three-time James Beard Award-winning, Michelin-starred chef Heston Blumenthal. This is a wonderfully unique option for fans of the chef and those who dare to try something unconventional." - The Daily Hive, "Best Cookbooks of 2022"
“Notoriously progressive chef Heston Blumenthal turns each into a creative cooking journey colorfully guided by illustrator Dave McKean. It is a cookbook. But also more.” —Epicurious
“This will delight folks looking to dabble in gastronomy without five-star efforts. . . Dave McKean, Blumenthal's longtime collaborator, provides quirky illustrations that reflect the playfulness of the recipes. . . Cookbook readers will enjoy how the narrative seems plucked from Blumenthal's mind with little thoughts and tips deposited between recipes in illustrations. . . Perfect as an introduction to gastronomy, Blumenthal's quirky and readable book will delight fans and create new ones.” —Library Journal
“[The recipes] evoke childlike playfulness … McKean's trippy sepia-toned ink drawings that appear throughout will put readers in mind of John Tenniel's Alice in Wonderland images. This heady ode to the joy of intuitive cooking is a tasty head trip.” —Publishers Weekly
"Heston Blumenthal shares more of his life philosophy, in which the mechanics of cooking are only one part of a larger, fulfilling experience . . . Is This a Cookbook? is not just a reference book. It's a book to sit with, read cover to cover and then revisit for whenever inspiration is needed--or a reminder to slow down and fully experience life." - Shelf Awareness
“Dazzling . . . There's culinary sorcery at every turn.” —Time Out New York, on HISTORIC HESTON
“[A] book that defies description . . . A headfirst dive down the rabbit hole, with Blumenthal as the Mad Hatter.” —The New York Times Book Review, on HISTORIC HESTON
“[A] showstopper.” —Los Angeles Times, on THE BIG FAT DUCK BOOKBOOK
“Like no other book I have seen in the last twenty years... monumentally important.” —Jeffrey Steingarten, Vogue, on THE FAT DUCK COOKBOOK