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Old 11-22-2006, 08:50 AM   #11
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Originally Posted by suzyQ3
Seems as if I remember a similar thread not too long ago.

You're right. I made one a few weeks ago.
And I got yelled at for it, and everyone was directed to other threads made with the same name.

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Old 12-01-2006, 12:25 AM   #12
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I've just started reading Heston Blumenthal's (of Fat Duck fame) book 'In Search of Perfection' which I thought was so appropriate to this topic.

He says that for many of us, perfect food won't be some fancy restaurant food. If we were stuck on an island, our dream dish would be something we grew up with. He cites that the foremost last meal requests of prisoners on death row in Texas were fried eggs, fried bacon, ice cream, chocolate milk, burgers and french fries. Before you leap to ascribing this to penal-colony demographics, he quickly notes that chefs exhibit similar homespun cravings.

Anthony Bourdain in 'A Cook's Tour' talks about the Last Meal Game he plays with other cooks. Braised ribs and cold meatloaf are among the choices, and he points out, 'No one came back with 'the tasting menu at Ducasse'.

Three cheers for Comfort Food!

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Old 12-01-2006, 03:10 AM   #13
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Heston's got a cookery series running on BBC2 at the moment. Sometimes I am open-mouthed at the lengths he goes to in explaining how to prepare the best steak, or the best pizza.

I ate at the Fat Duck a while back. And yes, I did try the snail porridge - I HATED it! But the other food was sensational
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Old 12-01-2006, 03:58 AM   #14
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Wow, Ishbel, I have wanted to go to the Fat Duck for ages, I am green with envy! Heston's series has been, er, enlightening, but really...whilst I appreciate the science background to choosing ingredients, all that time for something as simple as chips, for example. THAT is what I expect to pay for rather than do at home! There was a series a couple of years ago where he had a one dish slot, which was much more, excuse the pun, easily digested with things one could actually be bothered to do in a home kitchen.
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Old 12-01-2006, 04:11 AM   #15
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I've found the whole thing quite boring, to be honest! And yet he does a cookery series in the Sunday Times and writes really WELL and makes interesting dishes... Not interminably writing abou the science, although he does mention it... he just COOKS!

The Fat Duck was great - but I have to be honest and say I much prefer Le Manoir. I LOVE Raymond Blanc's style of food.

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