03/09/2011 11:56 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Michael Ruhlman Reviews The 5-Volume 'Modernist Cuisine'

DESCENDING this week on the culinary scene like a meteor, "Modernist Cuisine: The Art and Science of Cooking" is the self-published six-volume masterwork from a team led by Nathan Myhrvold, the multimillionaire tech visionary who, as a friend of mine said, "decided to play Renaissance doge with food."

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