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Myhrvold chows down on some traditional food at L'Ecole.
Myhrvold chows down on some traditional food at L'Ecole. Photo: Melissa Hom

Anybody who has met Dr. Nathan Myhrvold, or read his mammoth, chart-packed cookbook Modernist Cuisine (released last March and now in its third printing), knows that the billionaire does things his own way. After all, he was a child prodigy who retired from Microsoft at the ripe ol’ age of 40, and then spent a small fortune building a research lab for Modernist and his company Intellectual Ventures. "One of the crazy things about my life is that I alternate talking about nuclear energy in meetings and sous-vide salmon on Martha Stewart," he says. So we shouldn’t have been surprised when he sent along his New York Diet — he’s in town for business and to promote his book for the holiday season — as a spreadsheet-like table, as opposed to the usual format. (If you’ve seen any of the gridlike recipes in his book, you know that Myhrvold and his team really love laying things out like this!) We won’t be making this a recurring format for the feature, but in deference to Myhrvold, we present this week’s New York Diet in an atypical, yet admittedly efficient, fashion that befits its subject.

Myhrvold chows down on some traditional food at L'Ecole.
Myhrvold chows down on some traditional food at L'Ecole. Photo: Melissa Hom








 
Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner



Fri 11/11
 
 
 



Where
Home
Monsoon East
Home



What
Three hard-boiled eggs with vinaigrette.
Green papaya salad, caramelized pineapple, peanuts, herbs with prawns, green beans cooked in the wok.
Egg salad with olive tapenade.



Sat 11/12
 
 
 



Where
Home
Home
Home



What
Scrambled eggs with steamed peppers, provolone cheese, and bacon.
Salad with Manchego cheese.
Bacon-and-tofu salad.



Sun 11/13
 
 
 



Where
 
Home
Empellón



What
No breakfast.
Manchego cheese, celery, Spanish ham.
A variety of Mexican appetizers and tacos: tongue, skirt steak, lobster, tempura fish, BBQ lamb, pork shoulder, and tuna ceviche.



Mon 11/14
 
 
 



Where
Hotel in New York
Má Pêche
Dinner Party



What
Atkins chocolate breakfast drink.
Brussels sprouts (loved them!), broccoli salad, crispy pork shanks, beef buns.
Squash and kale salad, lamb shank with artichoke and spinach, milk-chocolate soufflé.



Tue 11/15
 
 
 



Where
Core Club Dining Room, NYC
L’Ecole Restaurant
 



What
Gruyère omelette, bacon.
Stuffed squid, crispy poussin.
No dinner.



Wed 11/16
 
 
 



Where
Core Club Dining Room, NYC
The Martha Stewart Show
Romera



What
Cheddar-and-caramelized-onion omelette, bacon.
Sushi, and Modernist Cuisine salmon
Eleven-course tasting menu