Heston Blumenthal's name is synonymous with cutting edge cuisine but his inspiration comes from the history of British cooking. In 'Historic Heston' he chooses twenty eight dishes which span from medieval times to the late 19th Century. He takes them apart, then puts them together again with his own inimitable twist, so creating a sublime 21st Century take on ancient delicacies.
Today, Heston describes his version of the 1430 recipe for Pome Dores, a meat parfait disguised as fruit first served at the feast to celebrate the coronation of Henry IV. And he discusses how his own theatrical cuisine is only following in the footsteps of a British culinary tradition that stretches back to medieval times.
Written by Heston Blumenthal
Read by Heston Blumenthal and Hugh Dennis
Abridged and produced by Jane Marshall
A Jane Marshall production for BBC Radio 4.