The Photography of Modernist Cuisine - Modernist Cuisine

The Photography of Modernist Cuisine is a feast for the eyes that serves up the beauty of food through innovative and striking photography. Simple ingredients, eclectic dishes, and the dynamic phenomena at work in the kitchen are transformed into vivid, arresting art in 300 giant images. It’s the ultimate coffee-table book for food lovers, photo buffs, and anyone who enjoys beautiful and surprising pictures.


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Full-Bleed Photos




Page Size (330mm x 419mm)


LumiSilk Art Paper


“Can food be art? You bet—so long as it’s captured by photographers like Nathan Myhrvold.”


“It’s by far the most edifying and inspiring how-to book on food photography we’ve seen.”

Popular Photography

“Myhrvold…and his team of photographers present cauliflower, poultry, and even the humble potato in a way that few have been able to see before.”

The New Yorker

“Myhrvold adds context to the art of cooking—more valuable than any recipe or menu description could offer.”

Vanity Fair

The Photography of Modernist Cuisine features hundreds of jaw-dropping photographs taken by Nathan Myhrvold and his photography team, including some of the most amazing images from Modernist Cuisine and Modernist Cuisine at Home, as well as many new and unpublished photos. This award-winning photography book also takes you into Modernist Cuisine Lab’s photo studio for a visual tour that reveals the special equipment and techniques behind the spectacular images. Aspiring photographers will find useful tips on how to frame and shoot their own professional-quality photographs of food in both the restaurant and the home.



Winner, Gourmand World Cookbook Awards, Best Cookbook Photography in the U.S.A. and Best Cookbook Photography in the World categories (2014)


Winner (Bronze), PubWest Design Awards, Best Photography (2014)


Winner (Gold), IndieFab Awards, Photography category (2013)


Finalist, International Association of Culinary Professionals Awards, Photography category (2014)

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Where Food and Fine Art Collide

See the Collection at Modernist Cuisine Gallery by Nathan Myhrvold

Celebrate your passion for at a mammoth scale with artwork from Modernist Cuisine photographer Nathan Myhrvold.  Available exclusively at Modernist Cuisine Gallery by Nathan Myhrvold, this collection features brand-new images that can’t be found anywhere else, alongside some of the most iconic photographs from the Modernist Cuisine series.


“We love this behemoth new book…because it takes food photography to another, more engaging level with some creative thinking and technique.”


“stunning photographs…It is a coffee-table book for food and photo lovers.”

Los Angeles Times

“A practical guide to food photography.”

The Salt, NPR

“The photo-scientists at The Cooking Lab offer lush, oversized spreads and all their secrets on how the work was done.”

Associated Press News
Editions étrangères

International Edition

The Photography of Modernist Cuisine is available in Portuguese. Foreign language editions are available online or wherever fine cookbooks are sold.

Explore the Series

Ready for more? Discover all of the award-winning books from the Modernist Cuisine team.