Watch This: Behind The Scenes Modernist Cuisine Video

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Have you seen the six-volume Modernist Cuisine cookbook? Also known as one of the most expensive cookbooks, the splashy photos and graphs that fill the pages are worth a look. They'll leave you wondering: How did they do that? Watch author Nathan Myhrvold show a glimpse behind the scenes during his enthusiastic TED talk. And no, those photos of cooking equipment cut in half aren't photoshopped!

Nathan Myhrvold could have led a TED talk about a few of his accomplishments -- he was Microsoft's Chief Technology Officer until leaving in 1999 to pursue passions including wildlife photography, competing in barbecue championships, contributing to major archeological finds, and, modern cuisine. He created Modernist Cuisine to address food from a scientific perspective -- and spared no cost in creating vivid photographs showing cross sections of cooking processes, from noodles frying in a wok to pickled vegetables being canned in boiling water. He explains that while Photoshop is used sparingly, the photos are the real deal and he used a machine shop to slice cookware in half.

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