Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Breathtaking photography, scientifically-refined cooking tips, and a compilation of the best plated dishes make up the five hefty volumes of Modernist Cuisine. Hailed as the most important cookbook of its contemporaries, this 2,500 page masterpiece is a work of art in itself, having been written and researched on with the utmost care, much like a scientist with his inventions. Rightly so, as its principal author, Dr. Nathan Myhrvold is the former Microsoft Chief Technology Officer and founder of Intellectual Ventures.
Unsatisfied with the information he needed to find about “sous vide,” a French cooking technique, Myhrvold took it upon himself to research and contribute the steps in making his desired meal. In his retirement, he took a serious interest in culinary arts and participated in online cooking forums. Soon, upon suggestion and prodding from his readers, he decided to make his contribution to the culinary world official by penning a cookbook himself.
Dr. Myhrvold literally cuts to the core of every meal he teaches us to prepare, by showing us exactly how to lay out ingredients, and portraying all the ingredients in such a vivid manner. The photography is undeniably one of the highlights of the book, while his background as a scientist molded the very unique approach he took in compiling cooking tips and techniques to share. With its images and content at top quality, Modernist Cuisine is a cookbook that both professional chefs and home-cooking mavens will appreciate and learn from.
Modernist Cuisine is available in Fully Booked Bonifacio High Street and Rockwell in very limited quantities. Please call 8587046 (BHS) or 8980968 (RW) to inquire. Price is available upon request.
Learn more about Modernist Cuisine by visiting their blog: http://modernistcuisine.com/, and their YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/ModernistCuisine. Photos in this entry are from the official book blog and the blog of Dr. Myrhvold's old colleagues, Bill Gates: TheGatesNotes.com.