Dimensions: 456 pages, 13.7 × 11.1 × 2.6 in
Published: October 8, 2012
Publisher: The Cooking Lab
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0982761015
ISBN - 13: 9780982761014
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
From the Publisher
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.
About the Author
Dr. Nathan Myhrvoldis 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.
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.
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?”