Coming This October: Modernist Cuisine... For Home Cooks (and Way Cheaper!)

The six-volume Modernist Cuisine cookbook, published last year, may be the most expansive (and expensive) cookbook ever. The tome is the recipient of many awards, but the extravagant price ($625 list price, $455 on Amazon) has kept it out of reach for most of us. So we're very excited to report that the authors are coming out with a new lavishly illustrated guide specifically written for home cooks! Modernist Cuisine at Home ($140) will be released this October. Read more about it below:

From the press release:

Modernist Cuisine at Home is destined to set a new standard for home cookbooks. The authors have collected in this 456-page volume all the essential information that any cook needs to stock a modern kitchen, to master Modernist techniques, and to make hundreds of stunning recipes. The book includes a 230-page, waterproof Kitchen Manual that reproduces every recipe in a separate, portable companion. Drawing on the same commitment to perfection that produced Modernist Cuisine, Modernist Cuisine at Home applies innovations pioneered by The Cooking Lab to refine classic home dishes, from hamburgers and wings to macaroni and cheese. More than 400 new recipes are included, most with step-by-step photos that make it easy to bring dining of the highest quality to your own dinner table.

The Table of Contents (which you can view in its entirety here - and that's enough to make you catch your breath!) shows that the focus will be on cooking equipment, techniques, and recipes. Part One details recommended tools, ingredients, and cooking gear, but there will also be a focus on how to get by without fancy appliances, such as "how to cook fish sous vide in your kitchen sink and how to cook steak in a picnic cooler." Part Two contains 406 all-new recipes, many of which are home-cook modifications of popular Modernist Cuisine recipes, like Caramelized Carrot Soup, Mac and Cheese, and Striped Mushroom Omelet. See more photos of the book here.

Are you excited? We can't wait! Will you buy it? Or at least put it on your holiday wish list? While $140 certainly isn't cheap, it's definitely more affordable than its $500 predecessor.

Pre-Order It! Modernist Cuisine at Home, $140 at Amazon. Available October 8th, 2012.

Related: Watch This: Behind The Scenes Modernist Cuisine Video

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