Nathan Myhrvold's Modernist Cuisine at Home ($140) is a must for experienced cooks in the kitchen who want to learn every gram and every precise temperature behind perfectly executed dishes. Yes, the recipes are involved and do require some special equipment, but they have been written and tested for the home kitchen. The photography in the book is beyond stunning; think pressure cookers and ovens split in half, capturing sizzling steaks and other steaming foods. For those interested in seeing more, The Photography of Modernist Cuisine ($120), released last year, is another viable gift option.
Modernist Cuisine at Home