Is This a Cookbook? Review

Is This a Cookbook? Review

Title: Is This A Cookbook?: Adventures in the Kitchen
Author: Heston Blumenthal
Published: November 29, 2022, Boomsbury Publishing
No. of Pages: 368
Cover Price: $26.00 Hardcover, $14.46 Kindle

Famous award-winning British chef, restaurateur, and television star, Heston Blumenthal’s fun cookbook, Is This A Cookbook?: Adventures in the Kitchen has been named Cookbook of the Year by several entities, including Bon Appetit, and for good reason: this cookbook is hilarious and the includes recipes (or almost recipes) that real people will want to prepare and eat.

The recipes are written in the traditional straightforward manner with the ingredients listed first followed by succinct instructions. The recipes are easy-to-follow and whether the cook is beginning or advanced, the dishes will turn out picture-perfect. Most of the recipes have a decidedly British slant, so those who have spent time in Great Britain or love the English culture will love this book. There is an excellent chapter on preparing eggs any style, as well as some unique breakfast dishes, including a delicious version of Green Eggs and Ham. Anyone who loves salads will be impresses and want to make one of many innovative recipes. Main dishes are amazing, and include such things as Popcorn Popcorn Chicken actually made with popcorn, some very unconventional tacos, and curries including Chicken Tikka Kabob. There is also a good recipe for traditional fish and chips which, of course should be included in any British cookbook, as well as the components of good Sunday lunches. For those who are a bit more adventurous, there is an entire chapter on foods made with powdered crickets, as well as hemp.

Incidentally, the cookbook is filled with colorful, delightful, illustrations, as well as beautiful, professional photographs of most of the dishes, making it difficult to decide which yummy dish to make next.

Everyone will love the notes preceding each recipe which have hints, history, and information. Blumenthal has a sharp, British sense of humor and this cookbook is one that everyone will want to curl up with to just read cover to cover. However, there are so many fun recipes, no one will be able to resist cooking from it often.

Special thanks to NetGalley for supplying a review copy of this book.

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