The books, which were co-authored by chef Maxime Bilet, have been deemed as culinary bibles and carry a hefty price tag (Modernist sells for $625 while Modernist at Home costs about $100). During this Google talk, Myhrvold tried to convince the crowd the books aren't as expensive as they sound.
He calculated that at $15.63 a pound (Modernist) and at $14.14 a pound (Modernist at Home), they are cheaper than a pound of Parmessan cheese, which costs about $19. ''If you love cheese, you should love this book - it's cheaper,'' he says in the video.
In his typical programmer fashion, he went as far as breaking down the cost of the books per recipe - Modernist costs 41cents a recipe while Modernist at Home costs a mere 35 cents a recipe.
Watch his talk below and prepare to be enlightened.