Modernist Cuisine: The Art and Science of Cooking (Hardback)
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Short Description for Modernist Cuisine How do you make an omelet light and tender on the outside, but rich and creamy inside? Or French fries with a light and fluffy interior and a crisp crust that doesn't go soggy? Imagine being able to encase a mussel in a gelled sphere of its own sweet and briny juice. This book offers instructions and explanations of how these techniques work.
- Published: 05 September 2011
- Format: Hardback 2440 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780982761007 ISBN 10: 0982761007
- Sales rank: 8,926
Full description for Modernist Cuisine
A revolution is underway in the art of cooking. Just as French Impressionists upended centuries of tradition, Modernist cuisine has in recent years blown through the boundaries of the culinary arts. Borrowing techniques from the laboratory, pioneering chefs at world-renowned restaurants such as elBulli, The Fat Duck, Alinea, and wd~50 have incorporated a deeper understanding of science and advances in cooking technology into their culinary art. The authors and their 20-person team at The Cooking Lab - scientists, inventors, and accomplished cooks in their own right - have achieved astounding new flavors and textures by using tools such as water baths, homogenizers, and centrifuges, and ingredients such as hydrocolloids, emulsifiers, and enzymes. "Modernist Cuisine" is a work destined to reinvent cooking. How do you make an omelet light and tender on the outside, but rich and creamy inside? Or French fries with a light and fluffy interior and a delicate, crisp crust that doesn't go soggy? 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. "Modernist Cuisine" offers step-by-step, illustrated instructions, as well as clear explanations of how these techniques work. Through thousands of original photographs and diagrams, the lavishly illustrated books make the science and technology of the culinary arts clear and engaging. Stunning new photographic techniques take the reader inside the food to see cooking in action all the way from microscopic meat fibers to an entire Weber grill in cross-section. You will view cooking-and eating-in a whole new light. It includes topics such as: why plunging food in ice water doesn't stop the cooking process; when boiling cooks faster than steaming; why raising the grill doesn't lower the heat; how low-cost pots and pans can perform better than expensive ones; why baking is mostly a drying process; why deep-fried food tastes best and browns better when the oil is older; and, how modern cooking techniques can achieve ideal results without the perfect timing or good luck that traditional methods demand. It offers insights into the surprising science behind traditional food preparation methods such as grilling, smoking, and stir-frying. It is the most comprehensive guide yet published on cooking sous vide, including the best options for water baths, packaging materials, and sealing equipment; cooking strategies; and troubleshooting tips. It features more than 250 pages on meat and seafood and 144 pages on fruits, vegetables, and grains, including dozens of parametric recipes and step-by-step techniques. There are extensive chapters explaining how to achieve amazing results by using modern thickeners, gels, emulsions, and foams, including example recipes and many formulas. It also contains some 300 pages of new recipes for plated dishes suitable for service at top-tier restaurants, plus recipes adapted from master chefs including Grant Achatz, Ferran Adria, Heston Blumenthal, David Chang, Wylie Dufresne, David Kinch, and many others. It includes: "Volume 1: History and Fundamentals"; "Volume 2: Techniques and Equipment"; "Volume 3: Animals and Plants"; "Volume 4: Ingredients and Preparations"; "Volume 5: Plated-Dish Recipes"; "Volume 6: Kitchen Manual" with example recipes and extensive reference tables, printed on washable paper; ModernistCuisine.com; Modernist Cuisine Brochure (pdf); Modernist Cuisine Press Release (pdf); NewYorker. com; NYTimes.com; NY1.com; and, CharlieRose.com.