Modernist Bread provides a revolutionary new understanding of one of the most important staples of the human diet. Created by the team that published the critically acclaimed Modernist Cuisine: The Art and Science of Cooking, this James Beard Award–winning encyclopedia of practical knowledge and groundbreaking techniques captures over four years of independent research and collaborations with leading industry professionals. The result is the most in-depth look at bread to date. Stunning photography brings the complete story of bread to life across five volumes―uncover its incredible history, loaves from every corner of the world, and the breath-taking beauty of scientific phenomena at work above and below the crust.
In Modernist Bread, you will discover innovative recipes and techniques developed by the Modernist Cuisine team that have not been published anywhere else. Housed in a sleek stainless-steel case, this five-volume set contains more than 1,500 traditional and avant-garde recipes, as well as a wire-bound kitchen manual so that you can easily bring all the recipes into the kitchen in one compact collection. Spanning over 2,600 pages, Modernist Bread will become an invaluable resource for anyone who has a thirst for knowledge about bread or wants to advance their craft. This book is a call to arms for any baker―whether you are a strict traditionalist, avid Modernist, home baker, restaurant chef, or artisanal baker―to embrace the possibilities of invention and follow your inspiration to make breads in your own way.
Acclaim for Modernist Bread
“Above all, the book Modernist Bread is a call for cooks to rethink one of the world’s oldest foods—to understand how bread is made, using more than their instinct and intuition, so they can push the craft forward.” —the New York Times
“Modernist Bread . . . (The Cooking Lab), Nathan Myhrvold’s and Francisco Migoya’s five-volume set that goes where few single-subject cookbooks have dared to stir. Full props for their stunning work….it is in a league all its own.” —the Washington Post
“Modernist Bread is a robust historical and future-thinking exploration on one the oldest foods of mankind . . . this exhaustive guide is the epitome of Myhrvold: research-driven and curiosity-inspired obsession” —Forbes
“There’s no way to look at Modernist Bread and not be stunned. . . . The contributions to bread-making here are undeniable.” —Wired
“A meticulously researched meditation on bread and the science, history, and culture behind it, it’s a fascinating read for bakers of all levels.” —Marthastewart.com
“Modernist Bread is the book you’ve been waiting for to discover bread from every angle.” —Apollonia Poilâne
“With knowledge comes the freedom to take things in new directions through the lens of different perspectives. This is what excites me the most about Modernist Bread.” —Chad Robertson
“The greatest, most comprehensive work to date on the history, culture and science of bread making ever written. The five-volume series provides inspiration, insight, and useful practices for professionals and amateurs alike. I highly recommend Modernist Bread.” —Jim Lahey
“This is not yet another beautiful book about the bakery, but truly a Bible for lovers of good bread. A must have!” —Eric Kayser
“This unparalleled collection explores bread and dough from every angle, upending long-held beliefs and inspiring with a cauldron of science, history, recipes, and cutting-edge photography. A must-have resource for every serious baker.” —Maria Speck
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Explore The Series
Modernist Pizza, the next book in the award-winning Modernist Cuisine series, explores the science, history, equipment, techniques, and people that have made pizza one of the world’s most popular foods. Spanning over 1,700 pages, the multivolume set is much more than a cookbook: it’s an indispensable resource for anyone who loves pizza.
Modernist Bread places the latest scientific research and state-of-the-art applications into the hands of anyone searching for answers about bread making. Spanning over 2,600 pages, it is the largest, most comprehensive book ever written about bread.
The book that started a revolution. At 2,438 pages, Modernist Cuisine: The Art and Science of Cooking broke the rules for what a cookbook can be; it quickly became an instant classic and a trusted resource for top chefs around the world.
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The Photography of Modernist Cuisine
The Photography of Modernist Cuisine is a feast for the eyes. This massive and stunning art book features 312 pages of incredible photographs from Nathan Myhrvold and his photography team as well as the techniques and stories behind the images.