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which ingredients does heston blumenthal use?

heston blumenthal ingredient cloud infographic
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This word cloud gives a flavour of what Heston Blumenthal puts in his recipes. Phrases in a larger font are used more often (yum, butter).

It’s been made by pulling all the ingredient text from his four major domestic cookery books and firing it into the excellent Wordle engine.

It shows that despite his reputation for off-the-wall, odd ingredients, the base of his cooking is comforting and familiar. Over and over the combination of thyme, rosemary and bay occur. Parsley abounds.  A typical soffrito of carrot, onion, celery and / or leek is very common. And look what else: butter, sugar, milk, cream, flour, eggs… it takes a long time to get to anything obscure. He definitely has specific favourites: banana shallots, fructose, sherry vinegar, button mushrooms crop up again and again.

This infographic props up the vision of the chef that I have in my head: looking to the future with a head firmly rooted in tradition.

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5 thoughts on “which ingredients does heston blumenthal use?”

  1. This is a bloody staggering bit of work! I am literally lost for words. Fantastic!

    I don’t think anyone would be surprised that butter is one of the most popular ingredients. Or that star anise is so popular alongside the onions.

    Classic Heston that neutral flavoured groundnut oil is more commonly used than olive oil. and I think you made absolutely the right call to focus on home recipes and leave out the flashier restaurant-based books.

    Really impressive!

    P.S. Congrats on the praise and printing from Ashley P-W! :)

    1. I had you in mind the whole time whilst making it! I’ve really enjoyed researching and creating. I have ideas for a couple more in the bag too…

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