The Cod saw over on the Eaters about a cookbook author who discovered an error in her cookbook, and had her assistant fix the mistake, by hand, in every copy of the cookbook someone had her sign. The Cod could not help but wonder if Nathan Myhrvold, author-cum presiding genius of the notoriously error-ridden Modernist Cuisine, will follow suit. Considering their track record, doubtful. I sent this email on 11 May:
I am taking you up on your offer that "if you spot a mistake in your copy that isn’t already mentioned here, please send it in." I don't own a copy, but I did notice an error in the title. Your book is concerned with avant-garde techniques popularized by the likes of Ferran Adria and Grant Achatz over the last decade or so. But the title of your book is "Modernist" Cuisine. Given the way this word is used in English, (see OED s.v. Modernist, Modernism, and Modern) your title is misleading and confusing. You might consider "Contemporary Cuisine," or perhaps "Avant-Garde Cuisine," or maybe "21st Century Cuisine." Good luck with your edits -- it sounds like a very ambitious project! Hope this suggestion helps. Cheers, JBF, AKA The Gurgling Cod
I got this response the next day, but nothing since.
Thanks for your interest in our book! I’ve forwarded your email to Modernist Cuisine’s editor.