Domestic science: A recipe for modernist cooking

29 : 10 : 2012 Food Futures : Recipe : Books

London – Watch out Heston Blumenthal, science is set to invade home kitchens around the UK following the launch of Dr Nathan Myhrvold’s latest cookbook.

Modernist Cuisine at Home, released this week, is the sixth culinary volume from the former chief technology officer of Microsoft, and brings modernist techniques to a wider audience of amateur cooks.

Equipment once available only to professional chefs or scientists is now being manufactured for the home kitchen. The 456-page book is designed to educate readers about cooking technologies as well as helping them to recreate everyday dishes using equipment such as a regular picnic cooler, oven grill tray or blow torch.

Recipes include striped mushroom omelette, poached salmon cooked in a kitchen sink and the Modernist hamburger, created sous-vide and served with a pressure-cooked, caramelised tomato sauce.

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