View the "Modernist Cuisine" Collection at the Boyd Library


The Photography of Modernist Cuisine: The Exhibition, a collection of over 45 large-format photographs of food taken by Nathan Myhrvold and his team at Modernist Cuisine, has previously run at Pacific Science Center in Seattle, WA, The Tech Museum of Innovation in San Jose, CA and The Museum of Science in Boston, MA. Now, SOFAB is thrilled to bring the traveling photo exhibit to New Orleans. The photorealistic artworks, some spanning six feet, are simultaneously clinical, lush and joyous.  Also on display will be studio artifacts used to create the photographs, such as cut- away blenders and microwaves.

After you’ve toured the photographic wonders, be sure to come peruse the cookbook series of Modernist Cuisine at the John & Bonnie Boyd Hospitality & Culinary Library. The Boyd Library is only one of two libraries in the New Orleans area to boast the series in its collection. Just one more reason to come and investigate the treasures and resources of the Boyd Library- available to you and your culinary adventures!

Before Modernist Cuisine won international critical acclaim as "the most important cookbook of the first ten years of the 21st century" at the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards 2010 and later the James Beard Foundation's "Cookbook of the Year" and “Cooking from a Professional Point of view” in 2012, its principal author, Dr. Nathan Myhrvold, enjoyed an established and impressive career as a scientist (once working alongside Stephen Hawking) and as Chief Strategist and Chief Technology Officer of Microsoft Corporation.

Even if you are not familiar with Dr. Nathan Myhrvold’s Modernist Cuisine, it’s likely that, in the last several years, you have caught a glimpse of at least one image of the wildly lauded cookbook’s ethereal collection of food photography; combining photographic technology such as panoramic stitching, microscopy, and high speed video cameras with a scientific approach to offer an unparalleled and rapturous perspective to our everyday. 

Again, be sure to come leisurely peruse the the magnificent volumes of Modernist Cuisine at the John & Bonnie Boyd Hospitality & Culinary Library at 1609 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd- just across the street from the SoFAB Museum!