Robert May wouldn't cut it as a celebrity chef. His recipes are tortuous to follow, his ingredients are obscure, and he's never available for interview. Yet May is a role model for one of Britain's best-known heroes of the hob, multi-Michelin-starred Heston Blumenthal. May's The Accomplisht Cook
, published in 1660, is one of the sources that Blumenthal draws upon to re-create historic dishes. These will be featured at his latest venture, the Hind's Head Hotel, a 17th century public house with an oak-paneled dining room, 49 km west of London in the village of Bray. It's just next door to...
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