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The Photography of Modernist Cuisine

Speaker  Nathan Myhrvold

Affiliation  Intellectual Ventures

Host  Amy Draves

Duration  01:00:34

Date recorded  9 December 2013

Nathan Myhrvold and the culinary wizards at The Cooking Lab redefined what a cookbook can be with Modernist Cuisine: The Art and Science of Cooking. Now the same team has produced The Photography of Modernist Cuisine, a feast for the eyes that serves up the beauty of food through innovative and striking photography.

The hundreds of jaw-dropping photographs include some of the most amazing images from Modernist Cuisine and Modernist Cuisine at Home as well as many new and unpublished photos. Witness the intricate inner details of a blueberry, the time-frozen chaos inside a spice grinder, and the hypnotizing interplay of color and patterns in the juxtaposed flesh and skin of a salmon. See the magical view of a boiling pot of vegetables in canning jars sliced through the middle, and marvel at the levitating layers of Modernist grilled-cheese sandwiches. The images stand on their own, but readers can follow their curiosity to illuminating descriptions in the back of the book that delve into the stories, techniques, and science behind each photo.

With its previous award-winning books, The Cooking Lab wowed critics and media by demonstrating new ways to cook and eat; now watch as the inventive minds of Modernist Cuisine transform the way that we look our meals. It’s food, as you’ve never seen it before.

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