Modernist Cuisine requires a chemistry degree
December 12, 2011 2:17 PM Subscribe
Has anyone dived into Modernist Cuisine? What are some of the must try recipes? The tome is overwhelming and the equipment required can get expensive.
posted by geoff. to food & drink (8 answers total) 16 users marked this as a favorite
I'm not an expert cook, but I actually find Modernist Cuisine easier to understand and follow than other cookbooks, which aren't nearly as precise in their ingredients or preparations.
Unfortunately a lot of the recipes require things I don't have in my kitchen (e.g., Manugel DMF, FMC BioPolymer brand, or a vacuum tumbler). I get this is sort of the point of Modernist Cuisine, but I could easily go broke trying to recreate every recipe.
Are there a subset of recipes people are really enjoying? Or perhaps a variety of recipes that use more or less the same exotic ingredients and equipment? I don't mind buying a vacuum tumbler if it is going to be used 80% of the time, but not if it is used in a handful of recipes I'll never try.
Also any poor man hacks of the equipment or the recipes would be nice to have. For example, when I sous vide, I simply put the product in a freezer bag and try to get all the air out which works great. I don't have an expensive machine.