Is This a Cookbook?: Adventures in the Kitchen

Bloomsbury. Nov. 2022. 368p. ISBN 9781526621504. $35. COOKING
Prolific cookbook author and British celebrity chef Blumenthal (Heston Blumenthal at Home; The Fat Duck Cookbook) is back to challenge taste buds. However, home chefs need not shy away as the recipes are more likely to provoke the palate than culinary skills. This will delight folks looking to dabble in gastronomy without five-star efforts. Dishes are distinctly UK-inspired and can be whimsical and comforting to the right reader, such as ham and pea soup in a sandwich. Dave McKean, Blumenthal’s longtime collaborator, provides quirky illustrations that reflect the playfulness of the recipes. Food photography is also included to spark creativity, and hunger. Cookbook readers will enjoy how the narrative seems plucked from Blumenthal’s mind with little thoughts and tips deposited between recipes in illustrations. Recommended for collections looking for a bit of cheeky fun and cookbook readers who enjoyed the likes of Midnight Chicken.
VERDICT Perfect as an introduction to gastronomy, Blumenthal’s quirky and readable book will delight fans and create new ones.
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