Modernist Cuisine

Modernist Cuisine

Plenty of books can tell you how to cook something — but far fewer can tell you why to do so a certain way. Modernist Cuisine ($470) belongs in the latter category. Written primarily by ex-Microsoft CTO Nathan Myhrvold and weighing in at 2,400 pages, this part cooking, part science six-volume set explains in simple, easy-to-understand terms the details behind practically every cooking method, making it just as useful for weekend grillmasters as it is for professional chefs. [Thanks, Chris]

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