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15 May 2017

Inside the Invention Factory of Polymath Nathan Myhrvold

This confidant of Bill Gates wants to reinvent how inventions are born. He created a huge patent library and a “start-up factory” that has produced prototypes of nuclear reactors, antennas and radars, but also 900 new bread recipes...

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23 June 2016

Nathan Myhrvold, the man top chefs turn to for food science advice

The golden loaves of bread cooling on the rack, the seven gleaming ovens and the 23-kilogram sacks of flour would look at home in a commercial bakery. But the chefs bent over tubs of dough also have a washing-machine-sized centrifuge, a freeze dryer and a fully outfitted photo studio at their disposal. And instead of bread for sale, the team of chefs and scientists at work in this cavernous kitchen in the suburbs east of Seattle are producing a 2000-page, vividly photographed book full of molecular research and recipes that will challenge traditional assumptions about how to produce the perfect loaf. The five-volume Modernist Bread: The Art and Science, coming to sturdy bookshelves in March 2017, is the latest tome from The Cooking Lab, the research kitchen and publishing house founded by Nathan Myhrvold.

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26 November 2014

Nathan Myhrvold Delivers the Straight Poop on Foodborne Illnesses at Harvard

Eater's Boston editor, Rachel Leah Blumenthal, reviews Nathan Myhrvold's speech on foodborne illnesses and food fads from Harvard University's annual Science & Cooking public lecture series.


05 June 2014

The End of Cuisine

The one person whom Myhrvold has most longed to cook for is Ferran Adrià. A few months ago, when he learned that his idol would be in Seaele, an invita[on went out. He proposed 50 courses in homage to a similar meal he’d had at elBulli. Adrià eagerly accepted. So did Dwight Garner of the New York Times’ Style Magazine, T.


22 May 2013

How Nathan Myhrvold's Modernist Cuisine Became The World's Most Influential -- And Profitable -- Cookbook

The soon-to-be trilogy has become this decade’s most influential work about food, offering everyone from Thomas Keller to José Andrés a literal window into Myhrvold’s experiments . . . More surprising: It’s also the most profitable.


03 April 2013

Nathan Myhrvold Answers Your Questions

Nathan sits down and discusses everything from patents to cooking to dinosaurs with the Slashdot community.


13 April 2012

How a Geek Grills a Burger

Since cashing out of Microsoft, software genius Nathan Myhrvold has lived a nerd fantasy — digging up T. rexes, dabbling in Formula One, and creating a cooking bible only a mad scientist could love.


16 October 2005

Kitchen Voyeur: Mr. Machine

As he showed me around his best-equipped-in-the-universe kitchen, I half-expected Nathan Myhrvold to introduce himself as "Bond, James Bond." Myhrvold, the 46-year-old former chief technology officer for Microsoft, left the the company in 2000 with well over $100 in his pocket in order to roam the world with his wife and twin teenage boys.


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