Here is a TED Talk by Nathan Myhrvold where he shows a bunch of cutaway pictures from his cookbook that explains the physics and chemistry of cooking. The cutaway pictures are impressive, and the video of a kernel of corn popping is beautiful. Save your pennies, though, because the multi-volume cookbook set is a mere $625.
But if I had a spare $625 sitting around, I’d be more tempted to drop it on a Vitamix. Or a Blendtec. Don’t we all need something that can make a smoothie out of an iPad? I think a Vitamix should be included in all CSA subscriptions. My CSA induced food anxiety would be greatly lessened if I knew I could just whiz up all the excess zucchini and greens and serve them as soups or smoothies. I would be saving money (wink).
In the name of research I dropped some grocery money on some fancy bags of nuts this week. While we were on vacation a few weeks ago I grabbed a bag of Sahale Snacks Valdosta Pecans (pecans topped with black pepper, cranberries, and orange zest). I can eat a bag in one sitting. Yesterday I also bought the Sing Buri blend (cashews with pineapple, peanuts, lemongrass and Chinese chili). I just know I can make these. I only have 7 more varieties to “work” through.