Of all the cookbooks coming out this Fall (and there are a lot of them), perhaps one of the biggest releases is Historic Heston by British chef Heston Blumenthal. This is not going to be another casual cookbook from Blumenthal, like Heston Blumenthal at Home or Heston's Fantastical Feasts, but rather a proper followup to his big, glossy, slip-covered 2008 opus, The Big Fat Duck Cookbook. The difference here? Historic Heston will draw from both of Blumenthal's showcase restaurants, The Fat Duck (Bray) and Dinner (London), to tell the story of British food across several centuries.
This thing will be 416 pages (per Amazon) and will contain 28 recipes. It will boast the illustrations of Blumenthal collaborator and Big Fat Duck Cookbook artist Dave McKean. It will be slip-covered, although this time in burgundy (as opposed to a somber gray) and it will be embossed with a "Question Everything" coat of arms. It will contain recipes for things like "Rice and Flesh," Tipsy Cake, and Blumenthal's famous Meat Fruit. Also, yes, the book will be pricey: it's listed at $200, and $180 on Amazon. Below, Eater's exclusive US preview of Heston Blumenthal's Historic Heston (pre-order through Bloomsbury); the book comes out November 12.