This is what happens when you cross an ex-Microsoft executive with money, time, and a passion for food. Nathan Myrhvolhd was Microsoft Chief Technical Office. In 2011 he published a 52lb, six volume cookbook: Modernist Cuisine. It uses a scientific approach to cuisine and includes crazy recipes: preparing duck by placing it on dry ice. His recipe for fried has 22 steps. He uses unorthodox cooking tools, like a centrifuge or an ultrasonic bath.
To illustrate the book, Myhrvold clearly put a lot of effort into photography. To show the food while cooking, he slices pots and pans in half. This book is incredible important in culinary history and highlights the increasingly scientific approach to cooking that’s led to classes like Science of Cooking.