Modernist Cuisine At Home

Hardcover | October 8, 2012

byNathan Myhrvold, Maxime Bilet

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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.

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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, c...

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 foundi...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:456 pages, 13.7 × 11.1 × 2.6 inPublished:October 8, 2012Publisher:The Cooking LabLanguage:English

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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

Editorial Reviews

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 StewartModernist 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