In 2011, the release of Modernist Cuisine: The Art and Science of Cooking changed the way the culinary world looks at food. The 2,400-page, five-volume work garnered awards, a spot in many a chef's library and opened our eyes to the natural science that underlies all cuisine, and revealed, through unprecedented and highly praised photography, the true art of food.
Last fall, creator Nathan Myhrvold released an abridged version of the book — christened Modernist Cuisine At Home — featuring 456 pages of the most essential information that any cook needs to stock a modern kitchen, to master Modernist techniques and to make hundreds of stunning recipes. And now, Myhrvold has done himself one better by releasing a photo book featuring some of the most stunning shots from the original. It’s seriously the ultimate gift for your favorite food fan.
A few weeks ago we offered a chance to win the book — asking our readers to identify 12 photos, some that made us wondering aloud "is this really food?" The response was insane, and we had multiple perfect scores. In the end we picked Brian Hoashi's name out of a hat of perfect scores. Congrats Brian! And for those wondering what is going on in each slide, here are the answers.