December 28th, 2012
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Editor's note: Nathan Myhrvold is CEO of Intellectual Ventures, author of "Modernist Cuisine" and "Modernist Cuisine at Home." Sanjay Gupta hosts The Next List on Sundays at 2 p.m. ET, only on CNN

CNN: For people who don't know anything about cooking, how would you define modern cuisine?

Myhrvold: So modern cuisine is the movement of chefs that are trying to create new kinds of food, new food experiences. And they don't care if they have to break some of the traditional rules of cooking to do so.

CNN: There are so many cookbooks out there, what's the different about your larger 6 volume "Modernist Cuisine" book and your new 684-page publication "Modernist Cuisine at Home"?

Myhrvold: Well, you know, we set out to make a book that would explain how cooking worked and all of the techniques that modern chefs use, the sort of the cutting edge of what the cooking world is.

Now a lot of home folks bought the book and use it and cook from it, but it's a little daunting to buy a six volume, 50 pound, 438 page book. And, of course, a number of the recipes are recipes that are just hard to do, that in fact, almost every chef in New York would find hard to do, much less somebody at home.

So we thought there was room to create a smaller book, a little bit less imposing, a little bit cheaper, where all of the recipes were designed to be done in a home kitchen by home cooks.

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  1. Jonas M Luster

    It is NOT the "greatest achievement". Sure, it has fun little pictures in it, but it's essentially the use of what Myhrvolt in his day job sues the living daylights out of: other people's ideas. In fact, for someone who spends his waking hours making millions of patent trolling, he was quite laissez faire about the whole "take without credit" thingie. Great pictures combined with low key science does not a "greatest achievement" make.

    January 6, 2013 at 1:29 pm |
  2. SIMMY

    PEOPLE.....KEEP IT SIMPLE.....GET JULIA CHILDS COOKBOOK.....GREAT RECIPES AND THE FOOD IS SO DARN GOOD!

    December 29, 2012 at 5:21 pm |
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