Modernist Cuisine at Home

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Overview

The culinary revolution that has transformed restaurant menus around the world is also making its way into home kitchens. The Cooking Lab, publisher of the encyclopedic six-volume set Modernist Cuisine, which immediately became the definitive reference for this revolution, has now produced a lavishly illustrated guide for home cooks, complete with all-new recipes tailored for cooking enthusiasts of all skill levels.Modernist Cuisine at Home, by Nathan Myhrvold with Maxime Bilet, is destined to set a new standard ...

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Overview

The culinary revolution that has transformed restaurant menus around the world is also making its way into home kitchens. The Cooking Lab, publisher of the encyclopedic six-volume set Modernist Cuisine, which immediately became the definitive reference for this revolution, has now produced a lavishly illustrated guide for home cooks, complete with all-new recipes tailored for cooking enthusiasts of all skill levels.Modernist Cuisine at Home, by Nathan Myhrvold with Maxime Bilet, is destined to set a new standard for home cookbooks. The authors have collected in this 456-page volume all the essential information that any cook needs to stock a modern kitchen, to master Modernist techniques, and to make hundreds of stunning recipes. The book includes a spiral-bound Kitchen Manual that reprints all of the recipes and reference tables on waterproof, tear-resistant paper. Drawing on the same commitment to perfection that produced Modernist Cuisine, Modernist Cuisine at Home applies innovations pioneered by The Cooking Lab to refine classic home dishes, from hamburgers and wings to macaroni and cheese. More than 400 new recipes are included, most with step-by-step photos that make it easy to bring dining of the highest quality to your own dinner table.Among the amazing techniques you’ll find are:how to cook fish and steak perfectly every time, whether you’re in the kitchen, the backyard, or tailgating in a parking lot;how to use a pressure cooker to make stocks in a fraction of the usual time while capturing more of the flavor;the secret to making quick, sumptuous caramelized vegetable soups and purees;how to outfit your home oven to make pizzas as crispy as you would get from a wood-fired brick ovenalong with recipes for:perfect eggs and breathtaking omelets that remove the guesswork for stress-free breakfasts, even for a crowd;gravies and a hollandaise sauce that are wonderfully rich, perfectly smooth, and never separate;a flawless cheeseburger and an ultrafrothy milk shake;chicken wings made better with Modernist techniques, plus seven great sauces and coatings for them;macaroni and cheese, including stove-top, baked, and fat-free versions, that can be made with any cheese blend you like, from gouda and cheddar to jack and Stilton.Cooking like a Modernist chef at home requires the right set of tools, but they’re less expensive and easier to find than you might think. You’ll also learn how to get the best out of the kitchen appliances you already own. Learn how to use your microwave oven to steam fish and vegetables to perfection, make exceptional beef jerky, and fry delicate herbs.The first 100 pages of the book are a trove of useful information, such as:how to test the accuracy of a thermometer, and why it’s time to switch to digital;how to use (and not to use) a blowtorch to sear food fast and beautifully;how to marinate meats more quickly evenly by injecting the brine;the myriad uses for a whipping siphon beyond whipped cream;why those expensive copper pans may not be worth the price;how to deep-fry without a deep fryer;how to stop worrying and get the most out of your pressure cooker;how to cook sous vide at home with improvised equipment, a special-purpose water bath, or a home combi oven.Modernist Cuisine at Home is an indispensable guide for anyone who is passionate about food and cooking. 

2013 IACP Cookbook Award Winner in the Food and Beverage Reference/Technical Category

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
It is instructive to know that before Myhrvold became an expert on the science of cooking, he was the first chief technology officer at Microsoft. Aided by deft, culinary handyman Bilet, he has assembled a “device” that is as visually stunning as it is scientifically vigorous and mathematically complex. Essentially a desktop version of the authors’ 2,400-page mainframe (Modernist Cuisine, 2011), the book is divided into two sections. Part one focuses on the machinery of the modernist kitchen, exploring the tools needed to pull off such inventive restaurant techniques as sous vide, and expounding upon the joys of whipping siphons, blowtorches, and pressure cookers. Many of the accompanying photos provide striking cutaway views of gadgets. It’s Popular Science on steroids. Part two is a collection of 406 recipes, primarily comfort foods that have found their way into a lab to have their DNA experimented upon. There are more than a dozen variants of chicken noodle soup, from pho to goulash broth, and nine types of mac and cheese, including a mac with jack and stilton. Each entry is a study in metric system precision, with ingredient charts listing not only amounts (in grams), but also volume, as well as a scaling percentage to be used in calculating the number of servings. Photos illuminate every step of the instructions for more than 100 of the recipes, and notations are made when special equipment and ingredients are required. As a result, it is a safe bet that their turkey confit recipe is one of the very few places where the terms needle-nose pliers and duck fat can be found listed side by side.” (Oct.)
From the Publisher
Modernist Cuisine at Home is destined to change the way we cook—and the way we use recipes. For all of us who cook regularly, this book opens up a whole new world of possibilities. It is full of insights that encourage us to try something new, and that teach us something on every single page.
-Martha Stewart

Modernist Cuisine at Home offers useful techniques and solutions that expand our abilities, and it provides us with a practiced and thorough understanding of why things happen the way they do. Most importantly, it ignites a curiosity within and compels us to ask ourselves not “What should we make for dinner?” but rather, “What can we make for dinner?”
-Thomas Keller

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780982761014
  • Publisher: Cooking Lab, The
  • Publication date: 10/8/2012
  • Edition description: Includes 230p Kitchen Manual in slipcase
  • Pages: 456
  • Sales rank: 57,499
  • Product dimensions: 11.20 (w) x 13.90 (h) x 2.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. Nathan Myhrvold is chief executive officer and a founder of Intellectual Ventures, a firm dedicated to creating and investing in inventions. In addition to stimulating the invention of others, Myhrvold is himself an active inventor, with nearly 250 patents issued or pending—including several related to food technology. Before founding his invention company, Myhrvold was the first chief technology officer at Microsoft. He established Microsoft Research, and during his tenure he oversaw many advanced technology projects. He left Microsoft in 1999 to pursue several interests, including a lifelong interest in cooking and food science.

Myhrvold competed on a team that won first place in several categories at the 1991 World Championship of Barbecue, including first prize in the special pasta category for a recipe that Myhrvold developed on the day of the contest.

After working for two years as a stagier at Seattle’s top French restaurant, Rover’s, Myhrvold completed culinary training with renowned chef Anne Willan at the Ecole De La Varenne. In addition, he has worked as Chief Gastronomic Officer for Zagat Survey, publisher of the popular Zagat restaurant guidebooks. Through his many visits to the world’s top restaurants, Myhrvold has become personally acquainted with many of the leading Modernist chefs and the science-inspired cooking techniques they have pioneered.

Myhrvold is himself an accomplished practitioner of Modernist cuisine. He has contributed original research on cooking sous vide to online culinary forums, and his sous vide techniques have been covered in the New York Times Magazine, Wired, and PBS’s “Gourmet’s Diary of a Foodie” television series.

Myhrvold’s formal education includes degrees in mathematics, geophysics, and space physics from UCLA, and PhDs in mathematical economics and theoretical physics from Princeton University. In his post-doctoral work at Cambridge University, Myhrvold worked on quantum theories of gravity with the renowned cosmologist Stephen Hawking.

Maxime Bilet received a BA in creative writing, literature, and visual arts from Skidmore College. Bilet then graduated with highest honors from the Institute of Culinary Education in New York. He completed a stage at Jack’s Luxury Oyster Bar and was quickly hired to the head chef position there by Jack Lamb. Moving to London, he accepted a stage with Heston Blumenthal’s development team at The Fat Duck. Just prior to joining the culinary team as head chef for recipe research and development at The Cooking Lab, Bilet trained as sous chef to open the London branch of Auberge de L’Ile. In 2011, Bilet was named to Forbes Magazine’s 30 Under 30 list in the category of Food and Wine.

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Table of Contents

PART ONE : STOCKING THE MODERNIST KITCHEN

Chapter 1: Countertop Tools Invaluable Modern Tools Digital Scales Digital Thermometers Silicone Mats and Molds Microplanes Blenders Mixers and Frothers Ice-Cream Makers Blowtorches Jaccards Injectors Sieves and Strainers Whipping Siphons Juicers Dehydrators

Chapter 2: Conventional Cooking Gear Stoves Pots and Pans Pressure Cookers Conventional Ovens Combi Ovens Microwave Ovens Grills

Chapter 3: Sous Vide Cooking Gear Four Simple Steps Getting the Air Out Cooking Sous Vide

Chapter 4: Modern Ingredients Uncommon Ingredients Not Your Parents’ Supermarket Walk on the Wild Side Unusual Fruits and Vegetables Foraged Foods

PART TWO: RECIPES

Chapter 5: Composing and Plating Textures Flavor Combinations Plate-Up Techniques Menus Timing

Chapter 6: Basics Stocks Pressure-Cooked White Chicken Stock Brown Beef Stock Sous Vide Fish Stock Sous Vide Vegetable Stock Corn Stock Mushroom Jus Redeye Gravy Brown Chicken Jus Red Wine Sauce Home Jus Gras Sauces Pan Gravy Fluid Gel Common Problems When Thickening and Gelling Pressure-Cooked Gravy Pistachio Pesto Pesto Variations Mughal Curry Sauce Curry Sauce Variations Sous Vide Hollandaise Basic Mayonnaise Mayonnaise Variations Not-So-Secret Special Sauce Ketchup Salsa Verde Marinara Marinara Variations Strawberry Marinara Thai Sweet, Sour, and Savory Glaze Oils and Fats Sous Vide Lemon Herb Oil House Vinaigrette Spiced Chili Oil Montpelier Butter Stovetop Carotene Butter Pressure-Cooked Shellfish Butter Pressure-Rendered Chicken Fat Condiments Grilled Applesauce Pressure-Cooked Pickled Mustard Seeds Garlic Confit Pressure-Cooked Caramelized Onions Tomato Confit Tomato Leather Pickled Vegetables Vacuum-Infused Celery Brining Basic Brine for Poultry Sweet Brine for Meat Fish Brine Marinade Marinade Variations Spice Mixes Special Curry Spice Chaat Masala Fish Spice Mix Pain d’Epices Powder Chili Spice Mix Basic Meat Rub Chapter 7: Breakfast Eggs Egg Textures French Scrambled Eggs Omelet Fillings Steamed Omelet Striped Mushroom Omelet Mushroom Puree Cream of Mushroom Variation Shiitake Marmalade Eggs Sunny-Side Up Chapter 8: Salads and Cold Soups Raspberry Gazpacho Fruit Minestrone Sous Vide Vichyssoise Onion Slaw Engineering a Great Salad Green Salad Pressure-Cooked Quinoa Salad with Cauliflower Pressure-Cooked Chickpea Salad Sous Vide Tuna Confit Pressure-Cooked Lentil Salad

Chapter 9: Pressure-Cooked Vegetable Soups Caramelized Carrot Soup Caramelized Vegetable Soup Variations Pressure-Cooked Vegetable Jus Pressure-Cooked Vegetables Pressure-Cooked Barley Vegetable Soup Plate-Up and Presentation

Chapter 10: Steak Sous Vide Steak Low-Temp Oven Steak Sous Vide Steak in a Cooler Creamed Spinach Grilled Steak Grilled Pork Chop Lamb Skewers

Chapter 11: Cheeseburger and Milk Shake Modernist Hamburger Patty White Sandwich Bread Ultrafrothy Milk Shake Cheeseburger Assembly Meatloaf Sandwich

Chapter 12: Carnitas Pressure-Cooked Carnitas Carnitas Variations Crispy Pork Chicharrón Refried Bean Foam Pressure-Cooked Spiced Black Beans Pressure-Cooked Pork Belly Adobo

Chapter 13: Short Ribs Sous Vide Short Ribs Potato Puree Pork Belly B.L.T.
Lamb Curry Chapter 14: Roast Chicken Home Roast Chicken Roast Chicken Variations Baked Chicken with Onions Sous Vide Chicken Sous Vide Turkey Legs Sous Vide Turkey Breast

Chapter 15: Chicken Wings Sous Vide Buffalo Wings Crispy Chicken Wings, Korean-Style Crispy Fried Chicken Wings Boneless Yakitori Wings Tsukune Skewer Variations Buffalo Sauce Honey Mustard Sauce Yakitori Sauce Korean Wing Sauce Blue Cheese Sauce Chinese Garlic Chili Condiment

Chapter 16: Chicken Noodle Soup Aromatic Chicken Broth Aromatic Broth and Soup Variations Fresh Noodles Dressed Noodle Variations Pressure-Cooked Carrots and Leeks Chicken Noodle Soup

Chapter 17: Salmon Fragrant Sous Vide Salmon Crispy Fish Skin Selecting Salmon

Chapter 18: Shellfish Lobster Roll Poached Lobster Variation Mussels Marinière Clams in Chowder Sauce Sous Vide Braised Snails

Chapter 19: Pizza Neapolitan Pizza Dough Rustic Pizza Dough Poolish No-Knead Pizza Dough Pizza Margherita Oven-Fried Pizza Pizza Toppings

Chapter 20: Mac and Cheese Mac and Cheese Cheese Variations Baked Mac and Cheese
“Fat-Free” Mac and Cheese Cheese Crumble Perfect Melting Cheese Slice Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

Chapter 21: Risotto and Paella Parcooked Vegetable Risotto Pressure-Cooked Paella del Bosco Risotto and Paella Variations Chapter 22: Cornmeal Pressure-Cooked Polenta Shrimp and Grits Fresh Corn Tamale Hush Puppy Variation

Chapter 23: Dishes for the Microwave Microwave Eggplant Parmesan Sichuan Bok Choy Bok Choy Variations Microwaved Trout with Scallions and Ginger Microwaved Fish Variations Microwaved Beef Jerky Crispy Beef Strands Crispy Beef and Shallot Salad Microwave-Fried Herbs Instant Chocolate Cake Instant Cake Variations

Chapter 24: Custards and Pies Coffee Crème Brûlée Vanilla Panna Cotta Lemon Posset Sous Vide Lemon Curd Sous Vide Crème Anglaise Pistachio Gelato Gelato Variations Short and Flaky Pastry Dough Sous Vide Pastry Cream

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  • Posted June 4, 2014

    A must-buy for any avid cook who wants to produce great results

    A must-buy for any avid cook who wants to produce great results CONSISTENTLY. There aren't a ton of recipes in here, instead you will learn the fundamental techniques and methodologies that will allow you to execute modern recipes at home with a relatively small investment in some non-traditional equipment. This book took my cooking to a whole new level.

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  • Posted December 16, 2013

    Bought it as a gift, but couldn¿t part with it

    After buying so many cookbooks over the years, I now prefer cookbooks that also focus on technique, not just ingredients, which is what this book delivers. It inspired me to purchase a pressure cooker, which is now my new favorite tool. (Many of us grew up with moms/grandmas who inadvertently blew up something in a pressure cooker…spaghetti sauce on the ceiling, etc.,…so many of my friends are surprised to hear that they are back in vogue.) I also appreciate the tips on non-traditional ingredients, for example, sodium citrate, which helps to prevent cheeses from separating in dishes such as mac & cheese.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2013

    Highly recommended - you must check it out

    It is a great book for both the home cook and the professional cook.

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    I am waiting for my book.

    I dont receive it yet.

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