From the blog February 2, 2011 Matt

Modernist Cuisine to Enter the Cookbook Hall of Fame at the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards

Modernist Cuisine will be inducted into the Gourmand Hall of Fame of Cookbooks during the Paris Cookbook Fair on March 3, 2011. The Gourmand World Cookbook Awards, a unique international competition for the book sector that this year drew the participation of publishers in 154 countries, has named Modernist Cuisine the most important cookbook of the first ten years of the 21st century.

Modernist Cuisine Box Set

Best in the World Badge

“If Leonardo da Vinci was alive today, he would write a cookbook called The Codex of Cooking,” said Edouard Cointreau, the President of the Gourmand Awards. “This cookbook exists at last. It is Modernist Cuisine: The Art and Science of Cooking.”

The book was written by Dr. Nathan Myhrvold with Chris Young and Maxime Bilet, all respected scientists, prolific inventors, and accomplished cooks in their own rights. Bilet will receive the award in Paris on behalf of the team.

“Nathan, Chris, and I are thrilled that Modernist Cuisine is being hailed as such a significant culinary publication,” says Bilet. “We are very proud of the book and are honored to be recognized among the world’s leading culinary authors.” The Gourmand World Cookbook Awards adds only one book every year to its Hall of Fame, and Modernist Cuisine is just the tenth book to receive this high honor.

Modernist Cuisine: The Art and Science of Cooking is a six-volume, 2,438-page set that reveals science-inspired techniques for preparing food that ranges from the otherworldly to the sublime. The authors and their 20-person team at The Cooking Lab 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.

The Gourmand World Cookbook Awards were founded in 1995 by Edouard Cointreau to honor those who “cook with words,” and to help readers and retailers find the best food and wine books published worldwide.

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  1. Scott February 2, 2011 Reply

    Congratulations, guys. Many more accolades to come.

  2. ShimmerGeek February 3, 2011 Reply


    But, uhm, that sticker isn’t going to be on the product is it? 🙁

    I’ve spent months staring at how beautiful the covers are – I’d hate to see them ruined by that big ugly circle.

  3. Jonas February 10, 2011 Reply

    Inducted in Hall of Fame of Cookbooks before the official publishing date. That is quite something! Your marketing efforts work – I am expecting a book of extraordinary magnitude… Best wishes, Jonas

  4. S. February 15, 2011 Reply

    I was excited to buy this set until I read “organic food is no healthier than non-organic food.” A huge sweeping generalization like this makes scientists nervous. Did you really do ALL the research to make this statement true?

  5. Rudi Asseer May 2, 2015 Reply

    Congratulations!!!!! Learning so much with SousVide cooking…

  6. Dhileepan May 19, 2015 Reply

    I want mordenist cuisine book how can I buy please help me

    • Caren May 26, 2015 Reply

      Hi Dhileepan- Prices for the books will vary depending on the retailer. The books are available wherever fine books are sold. You can find links to several online retailers here.

  7. Dhileepan May 19, 2015 Reply

    How much cost

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