Modernist Cuisine founder Nathan Myhrvold followed his passions of photography and food from an early age to create revolutionary images.
After all, can pizza really ever be burnt? And why do so many people hate the sooty flavor and charred bottom of a classic New Haven apizza? But with pizza, there’s more than meets the crust.We had an opportunity to chat with food expert Nathan Myhrvold about the true meaning of “burnt” pizza.
After working as Microsoft’s first Chief Technology Officer, launching the invention business Intellectual Ventures (where he personally has been awarded 900 patents), and publishing numerous scientific papers covering everything from quantum physics and dinosaur paleontology to climate change and more, what could Nathan Myhrvold possibly do for an encore?
How ‘super panorama’ robotic rigs help photographer Nathan Myhrvold capture the northern lights in super-high resolution.
Nathan Myhrvold is a voracious intellect: he enrolled in college at the age of 14, he has multiple degrees in mathematics, geophysics and physics, he helped build Microsoft as its Chief Technology Officer, and he has published 16 volumes of encyclopedic, visually arresting books. Martha is a longtime friend and admirer. She connects with him in his lab to talk about his latest book, Food and Drink: Modernist Cuisine Photography, and a range of other projects, from building nuclear reactors to perfecting pastry. Listen in as the sparks fly.
Take a deep dive into pizza with the co-author of the voluminous Modernist Pizza, Nathan Myhrvold. We get into the history, culture, and techniques behind great pizza. We hear stories from his worldwide travels and deep dives into pizza cultures and traditions. Plus, we hear about the culinary lab research devoted to making the best pizza ever, and he sticks around to answer your pizza-making questions. He is the founder of the Modernist Cuisine Lab.
Modernist Pizza coauthor Francisco Migoya recreates famous masterpieces by Dalí, Kusama, Van Gogh, and Warhol using cheese, sauce, and pepperoni.
Nathan Myhrvold spent 14 years climbing the ranks at Microsoft to become the company’s first CTO—and then he left the tech world behind to pursue his dream of attending culinary school. He went on to found Modernist Cuisine, a research lab and publishing house exploring the cutting edge of cooking. Myhrvold discusses his latest series of books, which explore the history and science behind pizza.
A picture from the meteor shower in 2020 highlights how brilliant this winter sky show can be. Read more here.