Atlanta chef Richard Blais' first cookbook, Try This at Home: Recipes from My Head to Your Plate, is fun. It's as though it wants to be the rock and roll Modernist Cuisine at Home, all blocky text, saturated colors and babies in immersion circulators. The photography is not precious; it's punchy and at times even messy. Basic recipes for spaghetti and meatballs or cheeseburgers can often be upgraded using the gizmos and futuristic techniques Blais became known for during both his Top Chef runs. There are foams here, yes, but there are also basic recipes for clam chowder (New England, thanks), French fries, and pancakes.
Blais clearly has a sense of humor about the endeavor, offering pranks to pull with liquid nitrogen and posing partly (mostly?) naked and covered with spaghetti with his entire family. Don't say you weren't warned. Try This at Home is out from Clarkson Potter February 26 (pre-order on Amazon); below, an excerpt.
Excerpt: Try This at Home by Richard Blais