That, friends, is Modernist Cuisine in all her acrylic cased glory. Yes, we are talking about a book like it's a ship. This is the first photograph of the fabled $625 cookbook (well actually $450 at Amazon). The five volumes above are printed on 128 gsm weight matte finished paper that is coated with a varnish. ("Anything heavier would have resulted in books that would require an assistant to read.") They used a stochastic screening process to print it, which only became commercially viable recently and produces incredibly realistic images.
Not pictured: an included Kitchen Manual which is kitchen-friendly and will contain "easy-to-use, condensed versions of many of the parametric, example, and plated-dish recipes" on "waterproof, tear-resistant synthetic paper." Check out co-author Nathan Myhrvold talking about the printing of Modernist Cuisine below.
Video: Nathan Myhrvold on Printing Modernist Cuisine