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Dr. Nathan Myhrvold, Developer of Microsoft Windows, Gets All Julia Child On Us

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"I've been publishing books about cooking for close to 20 years now and have never seen anything quite so ambitious as this," said Pamela Chirls, an executive editor at John Wiley & Sons. "There is really nothing that even approaches what these books are attempting to do. To the core reader, which I think is a chef, it's an amazing collection."

The books to which Chirls refers are six volumes that comprise former Microsoft chief technology officer Nathan Myhrvold's collection "Modernist Cuisine," which will be released on March 7, 2011.

Why the wait?

Well, Myhrvold, who was responsible for the development of the Windows operating system, has put together a 2,400 page, 43 pound, $625 "must-have" that is so exhaustive, the ink alone weighs four pounds and the printing company producing it actually ran out of paper at one point.

A cookbook that instructs, but also explains the science behind food preparation as well as the most avant of avant-garde technique, is exactly what one would expect from a man who uses a centrifuge to separate pea puree at a force equal to 40,000 times Earth's gravity before saying, "It's a fun thing to do to food once in a while."

It seems that nothing isn't covered in Myhrvold's set. Readers can dig into the physics of solids and liquids, the use of thickeners, gels, emulsions, and foams, everything you'd ever possibly need to know about plants, starches, fish, poultry, meat, food poisoning and the differences between viral, bacterial and parasitic infections.

Myhrvold, now 51, has a lifetime of cooking experience. He started cooking at the age of nine--a mere five years before he entered college.

Here's a clip of Myhrvold in action:

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