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Three Desserts You Can Make with a Whipping Siphon

February 14, 2013

Whipping siphons are easy and fun to use. This Valentine’s Day, try wowing your special someone with a Modernist dessert created with nitrous oxide or carbon dioxide. Use our suggestions below for tasty ideas beyond the realm of whipped cream. Lemon Curd: Try using a whipping siphon instead of a pastry bag for piping your […]

How Pressure Cookers Work

February 5, 2013

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 […]

How to Scale a Recipe

January 30, 2013

The Mac and Cheese recipe makes five servings, but you’re throwing a dinner party for nine people. You’re in luck: We’ve made it easy to scale our recipes up to greater yields (or down if you have fewer mouths to feed) by using baker’s percentages. Just follow these simple steps.   Look in the scaling […]

Why Cook Sous Vide?

January 15, 2013

Cooking sous vide is easier than its fancy name might suggest. You simply seal the ingredients in a plastic bag (you can also use a canning jar) and place them in a water bath, a combi oven, or any other cooker that can set and hold a target temperature to within a degree or two. […]

How to Calibrate Your Kitchen

January 7, 2013

We’ve heard of chefs who claim that they can tell temperature by pressing a thermometer to their lips. Setting aside the problem that this technique could lead to a trip to the emergency room, the approach seems highly vulnerable to human error. Leaving temperature control to intuition is a recipe for disaster: dry and rubbery […]

Top Chef Seattle Visits Modernist Cuisine

January 2, 2013

When we found out that Top Chef would be filming season 10 in Seattle, we couldn’t let them leave town without stopping by the Modernist Cuisine lab. About midway through the season, we hosted Padma Lakshmi and the remaining contestants for a 22-course tasting to give them firsthand experience of some of the iconic dishes […]

Take the Plunge into 2013 with Modernist Cuisine!

January 1, 2013

Welcome to 2013! We hope you already decided to make “try Modernist cooking” your New Year’s resolution. We’ll be back later this week with tips on how to calibrate your thermometer (a key to Modernist-cooking success), but until then, browse through our Recipe Library and get ready to take the plunge!

What Exactly Is Modernist Cuisine?

December 28, 2012

As Nathan is fond of saying, Modernist cuisine doesn’t bring science into the kitchen; science has always been in the kitchen. Modernist cuisine takes the ignorance out of the kitchen. Watch the video above to see the latest episode of MDRN KTCHN, in which our Director of Applied Research, Scott Heimendinger, explains the ins and […]

Your 2013 New Year’s Resolution: Try Modernist Cooking

December 20, 2012

Ready to take on Modernist cooking? Maybe you received Modernist Cuisine or Modernist Cuisine at Home as a holiday gift, or perhaps you’re just curious about what this whole Modernist cooking movement is. We understand that it can be intimidating either way. That’s why we’re here to help. Join us over the next three months […]

Gift Ideas from the Modernist Cuisine Team

December 19, 2012

What do real chefs (and the writers, editors, and scientists who work with them) put on their holiday wish lists? Here are some items that the team behind Modernist Cuisine at Home either want, have been given, or have given for the holidays. We hope you find some inspiration here for your own shopping. Nathan […]