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Jun 23, 2010 04:56 PM

planetgreen in search of perfection

totally stumbled across this ...Heston Blumenthal of the "Fat Duck" trying to make the perfect Baked Alaska. This channel apparently has quit a lot of food related shows. I never knew

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  1. I had seen the title scroll by in the DriecTv guide before, but never gave it a second glace because I didn't realize it was a cooking show. Last week I was reading a blog which talked about Blumenthal's extremely labor intensive cheeseburger recipe so I got on and bought a used copy of "Further Adventures In Search of Perfection" from a shop in England. I didn't know the book was based on a series until it arrived earlier this week, and finally the title "In Search of Perfection" caught my eye as I was scrolling through the guide. I only caught the last 10 minutes or so of the episode last night, but it kind of looks like "Tyler's Ultimate" on steroids. I've set my DVR to record the series. I believe the hamburger episode, which is the reason I wanted the book in the first place, is airing on the 5th.

    1. I watched a couple of episodes, and there was a lot of hustle and bustle but not much in the way of showing you how to perfectly cook the food in question. They would skip from step 2 to step 6, and I was thinking it would be nice to know how they got from "choosing the best raw ingredient" to "now let's plate it up".

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      1. re: sbp

        I've now down loaded season 1 and 2 and while I agree from the show you cannot re-create the dishes (that's what I think his cook books are for) I think Heston makes the likes of Tyler and Alton look like armatures. Plus I am now on a hunt to get the theme song as my ring tone.

        1. re: chris2269

          That is the best theme song ever. Really sticks in your head:)

          Were those seasons you downloaded from the BBC or Planet Green? If I didn't know better, I would swear that it was an hour show originally on the BBC and PG cut it down to a 1/2 hour. They have him teasing scenes before the commercial breaks that they never show any part of in the rest of the show. It's very confusing.

          I even went so far as to check out to see if the had any DVD releases of the show, but apparently TV cooking shows over there don't do that very often. There were cookbooks for everything he has ever done, but no DVDs.

          It is a shame, because if they ever devoted a full half hour to recipe development and sourcing followed by another full half hour demo of them cooking that recipe, that just might be the best cooking show of all time. It is still an above average show as it is shown on PG, but you just can't help feeling disappointed about not seeing the missing segments.

          1. re: DDR4040

            Your right the PG episodes are cut down. I didn't notice because I caught some of the show on PG one night and then went and downloaded the 2 seasons which are the BBC episodes. Deffinently much more info in the longer format.

          2. re: chris2269

            The theme song is "Di-Gue-Ding-Ding" by Michel Legrand. I found a remix version on youtube at