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,
a single-volume edition of the bestselling Perfection books, 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.