Would You Buy a $625 Cookbook?

There’s a new cookbook coming out in December, but, with a hefty price tag of $625 bucks, I can guarantee you won’t find it on my Christmas list. Modernist Cuisine: The Art and Science of Cooking is the work of Nathan Myhrvold, a former chief technology officer at Microsoft, and his twenty-person team at The Cooking Lab. The six-volume set intends to be the go-to reference for molecular gastronomy.

According to the book’s summary, the authors “have achieved astounding new flavors and textures by using tools such as water baths, homogenizers, centrifuges, and ingredients such as hydrocolloids, emulsifiers, and enzymes… Imagine being able to encase a mussel in a gelled sphere of its own sweet and briny juice. Or to create a silky-smooth pistachio cream made from nothing more than the nuts themselves.” Mmmm…mussels in gelled spheres—just like grandma used to make.

While I’m probably not going to whip up some sauce in the ol’ centrifuge anytime soon, I’m loving all the food porn in Modernist Cuisine. Check out some of the photography from the book’s website.

So would you spend $625 on a cookbook?

(Source: NPR)

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  • http://www.daemonsbooks.com Jose @ Daemons

    I wouldn’t buy one, but I’d like to go eat at the home/restaurant of those who did get one.

  • http://www.daemonsbooks.com Amie

    Same here Jose. The pics are really cool. I want a grapefruit now!