To celebrate today’s launch of The Photography of Modernist Cuisine, we are thrilled to announce that on Friday 8th November and Saturday 9th November, Nathan Myhrvold’s Modernist Cuisine will be showcasing for the first time in the UK as part of the Experimental Food Society Spectacular at London’s The Old Truman Brewery.
An exhibition of photographs taken from The Photography of Modernist Cuisine will reveal a unique view of food and illuminate the fascinating, accessible science at work every day in our kitchens.
Modernist Cuisine: The Art and Science of Cooking and Modernist Cuisine at Home, both co-authored and published by Myhrvold, won recognition from critics and readers alike for their innovative and engaging photography. Now the creators of these award-winning books have combed through their library of more than 500,000 photographs and identified their favourite images—many of them new or previously unpublished—to display for the exhibit.
The exhibition accompanies the release of The Photography of Modernist Cuisine, a book showcasing 405 Modernist Cuisine photos in a coffee table-worthy print size of 66 cm by 42 cm. The majority of the exhibition photos are included in the 312-page book. Compiled by Nathan Myhrvold and published by The Cooking Lab, The Photography of Modernist Cuisine goes on sale today for a list price of £80 and will be available to buy at the Spectacular from Brick Lane Books.
“I hope that others share with us the child-like wonder and curiosity I feel when looking at these photos,” said Myhrvold. “The exhibition and book are in many ways a culmination of my lifelong interest in photography, in much the same way that Modernist Cuisine was a milestone in my interest in food.”
The human interest in food is hardwired: Everyone eats, but few people have seen food from Myhrvold’s perspective. Photography lovers will appreciate the unorthodox techniques used to create each image, food lovers will salivate over the arresting portrayal of plants, animals, phenomena, and cooking techniques, and the curious-minded will revel in the accompanying scientific insights.
This will also be the first time that members of the public will be able to view all three of Nathan Myhrvold’s books together; Modernist Cuisine: The Art and Science of Cooking; Modernist Cuisine at Home and The Photography of Modernist Cuisine.
ABOUT THE PHOTOGRAPHY OF MODERNIST CUISINE
The ultimate coffee-table book for food-lovers, photo buffs, and anyone who enjoys beautiful and surprising pictures, The Photography of Modernist Cuisine offers a stunning new view of food. Modernist Cuisine and Modernist Cuisine at Home won acclaim from critics and readers alike for their innovative and engaging photography. Now the creators of these award-winning books have combed through their library of more than 500,000 photographs and collected more than 150 of their best images—many of them new or previously unpublished—into a single volume that is their largest, most luxurious book yet. Hundreds of jaw-dropping photographs, reproduced on heavy art paper in spreads 60 percent larger than those in Modernist Cuisine, reveal the art of food as seen from intriguing and novel perspectives.
Nathan Myhrvold, The Photography of Modernist Cuisine (The Cooking Lab. £80)
ABOUT THE EXPERIMENTAL FOOD SOCIETY SPECTACULAR EXHIBITION
The Old Truman Brewery £7.00
Friday 8 November 12.00pm – 7.00pm
Saturday 9 November 10.00am – 7.00pm
A breathable tearoom, a wild flower meadow made entirely from sugar, a camera made from edible materials that when cooked form a meal and bitters infused with moisture scientifically extracted from the walls of the Churchill War Rooms are just some of the remarkable items being served up at this years Experimental Food Society Spectacular exhibition. A must-see for any food lover the exhibition is a spectacular and all-new display by Britain`s most talented and pioneering gourmet artists. The event offers an opportunity to meet these experimental foodies first hand, marvel at their creations, take part in one of the interactive exhibits, sample and eat edible art, watch some of the artists as they create their works on site, purchase foodie items, pick up tips on how to get experimental in the kitchen and listen to a talk. Not to be missed, the hourly schedule of talks includes subjects such as `Alcohol in Space` by Jellymongers and Foodsmiths Bompas & Parr, `Making Food More Multisensory` by Experimental Psychologist Professor Charles Spence and `A Complete Guide To Setting up a Restaurant` by Meg Morrison, Founder of Salon Edesia.
The two-day exhibition features an awe inspiring assemblage of butter sculptors, food landscape artists, cake artists, food futurologists, food model-makers and experimental confectioners to name a few. They will assemble to challenge your perception of food and show you that there is more to it than just swallowing.