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"Modernist Cuisine" by Myhrvold, Young & Bilet (Part 1)

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We are not doing a traditional book tour, however we will be doing talking to the press, and probably having some events on the east coast in late march. I suspect that I will do events in Seattle, and a few other cities as well. This is all being planned at the moment so I don't have anything to announce.


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What is the print run of this book?

How many people will be buying this for an investment ?

Some books such as "Nose to Tail Eating" and also "The cracking is superb" went to silly prices, but fell through the floor when second edition was released. Books like the "El Bulli" cook books I can't see they would be reprinted, since they stopped doing English versions, the value of these seems to be increasing rapidly - but would I part with the books (Well just for cash no, unless it goes to silly numbers).

Unfortunately, I'm not good on investment, I got a stain on "The Big Fat Duck" but I am enjoying and using the book which is way more important. And the fact book 6 could be up for visits to the kitchen sounds brilliant.

V Looking forward to this and it's a present from my Mum :-)


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If you dig through the Modernist Cuisine website, there's a surprising amount of information there, including some material that by its nature can't be in the book. For example in the blog section of the site there's a photograph of what the set of books actually looks like. Also, several videos including this one of popcorn popping:


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Nathan - if you do an event in Philadelphia, I can guarantee that I will be there!

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Ok, I have just dedicated a large large portion of my university student loan on this book... looks like I will be reading this whilst eating beans on toast until I graduate!

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They'd better be! I guess I will be making my own tomato sauce by gelling the pectin in tomatoes, simmering the beans in a triple stock after gelatin clarification, toasting the bread in a PID controlled toaster before frying it in iberico ham fat.... etc :S

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If so, Amazon have way underestimated the postage they charged me.


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Does the book mention anything about "planking"? It's a technique I have just heard of, I believe it involves using a piece of aged/infused wood as a cooking surface inside a steam oven...

Also, if this book took 3 years to complete, and if there is a pastry version in the pipeline, I wonder how long we would have to wait for that...

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Not sure if was mentioned or not, but I just got my latest copy of Art Culinaire and there is an interview with Nathan in it discussing the book. Just an FYI

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Planking is usually done by putting food on a wood plank which is then hit with enough heat (from broiler or otherwise) to cause the wood to burn or smolder, putting a light smoke flavor on the food. Cedar is often used as the wood - see this site or here.

Besides being a cooking technique a large part of the appeal is the dramatic presentation of food at the table on a smoking charred plank of wood.

We don't cover it in detail, but do have one recipe done this way, a cheese course from Seattle chef Scott Carsberg.

Plank cooking wouldn't work in a steam oven - it's about smoke flavor.


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We do have a very good macaron recipe, but it is not in the book, unfortunately.

We want to do a pastry book, but we need to catch our breath after this one.


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I'd love to hear the macaron recipe as well. Looking forwards to getting my copy of the volumes in just a few months!

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We do have a very good macaron recipe, but it is not in the book, unfortunately.

"I have discovered a truly marvelous recipe... This margin is too narrow to contain it." :wink:


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Ah, but with six volumes and 2,438 pages, I am certain it can be done...but write neatly and small!


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