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May 30, 2013

Making your grill (or broiler) shine this summer

BY W. WAYT GIBBS Associated Press Compared to other basic cooking techniques, grilling is hard: the temperatures are high, timing is crucial and slight differences in the thickness or wetness of the food can dramatically affect how quickly it cooks. Bad design choices by equipment makers—kettle-shaped grills with black interiors, for example—make it harder still. […]

May 22, 2013

Announcing Our New Book: The Photography of Modernist Cuisine

When I began writing Modernist Cuisine, I had several goals in mind: to explore the scientific principles behind cooking, to explain the latest Modernist techniques from the top restaurants around the world, and to punctuate the collection with stunning visuals. Nearly every review that came in cited our photography; even commenters who took issue with […]

February 19, 2013

How Whipping Siphons Work

Whipping siphons are useful for making so much more than whipped cream. We use ours all the time for making fresh soda, speeding up marinating, infusing fruit, or topping a dish with foam or flavor or textural contrast. Whether you’re carbonating, infusing, or foaming, there are a few basics you should know. The siphon requires […]

February 5, 2013

How Pressure Cookers Work

Pressure cookers are fantastic tools. They develop the characteristic flavors and textures of foods so quickly that what is conventionally a long, labor-intensive process becomes one hardly more time-consuming than a casual sauté. Risotto takes six minutes instead of 25. An intense chicken stock takes only 90 minutes. You can even pressure-cook food in canning […]

November 3, 2011

The Photography of Modernist Cuisine, Part 4

In this last of Ryan Matthew Smith's four-part series on shooting the images for the book, he presents a slide show of some of his favorites.

July 27, 2011

The Photography of Modernist Cuisine, Part 3

MC lead photographer Ryan Smith describes the evolution of the distinctive photographic style of the book.

April 26, 2011

The Photography of Modernist Cuisine, Part 1

Photographer Ryan Matthew Smith tells the story of how he and Nathan created the images that have amazed so many.

December 27, 2010

Inside The Lab with the Modernist Cuisine Kitchen Team: Food Styling

In this second installment of the Inside the Lab series, I will shed some light on how we captured the high-quality, amazingly vivid photographs found in the book.

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