The Modernist Holiday Feast

Deep Fried Brussel Sprouts

The authors of Modernist Cuisine, a collection of cookbooks focusing on the Art and Science of Cooking, have published a ‘how-to’ for a most fabulous Modernist Christmas Feast. From the consideration taken to the design of the menu, right down to the presentation and photography of the edible art, this modernist meal is an inspiration. The visual impact of the composition on the plate is as important as the taste of the dish, the food pairings are carefully considered and each and every detail is beautiful. When charged as I am with preparing something new and interesting for the holidays this year, I appreciate this great resource for influence of artistry, and expertise of technique. I have attached the images and descriptions below, as these pictures speak much louder than words. If you’d like the recipes for your holiday meal, please visit Modern Cuisine for the complete details.  Bon Appetit!

Christmas Ham-Hock with Pineapple and Cherries

Garnet Yam Fondant with Sage Foam

Pumpkin Pie:  Butternut Squash Custard

From the publisher:  In Modernist Cuisine: The Art and Science of Cooking, Nathan Myhrvold, Chris Young, and Maxime Bilet—scientists, inven­tors, and accom­plished cooks in their own right—have cre­ated a six-volume 2,400-page set that reveals science-inspired tech­niques for prepar­ing food that ranges from the oth­er­worldly to the sub­lime. The authors—and their 20-person team at The Cooking Lab—have achieved astound­ing new fla­vors and tex­tures by using tools such as water baths, homog­e­niz­ers, cen­trifuges, and ingre­di­ents such as hydro­col­loids, emul­si­fiers, and enzymes. It is a work des­tined to rein­vent cooking.

Images found at Modernist Cuisine.

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Mixing it up

Way back, a long time ago, when I was a single gal, I coveted (like so many others in my similar situation) a Kitchenaid stand mixer.  But I didn't have enough room in my single-gal apartment to justify the purchase so I waited until that glorious day after my wedding when I happened upon a gorgeous, cobalt blue Kitchenaid mixer hidden amongst the pile of gifts.  I would be lying if I told you I didn't squeal with joy.

This being Thanksgiving week, I am up to my elbows in pie crusts, apple slices, butter, celery, sage, thyme, turkey, cranberries, you name it, so my gorgeous cobalt blue mixer is really getting a work out.  I love it even more now than the very first time I laid eyes on it and realized it was mine, so the idea of decorating it never even crossed my mind…that was until I spied these spectacular vinyl decals from House of Smiths

The one above is my favorite with its modern swirls gracefully draped across the top.

Of course, I love the symmetry of this design too.


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