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Our Pick: Modernist Cuisine by Nathan Myhrvold

In the year 2011, former Microsoft exec Nathan Myhrvold turned the collective cookbook publishing world upside down with his six-volume, 2,438-page, 52-pound, $625 Modernist Cuisine. Each copy of the book, which requires four pounds of ink to print alone (!), features breathtaking, nature-defying photography — and, more importantly, a whole new set of scientifically demonstrated declarations about cooking.