Nathan Myhrvold is the mastermind behind Modernist Cuisinethe six-volume (2,438-page!
) scientific cookbook opus thats been hailed by the food-obsessed as the greatest thing since sliced bread
or at least Escoffier. (Myhrvolds obsession began at the age of 9, when he told his mom he wanted to cook Thanksgiving dinner. She let him. It was probably better than hers.) In person, the former Microsoft CTO has a geeky charm that clearly contains a bristlingly brilliant brain
. Modernist Cuisine costs $625; tonights lecture is five bucks. You should go. (Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave, www.townhallseattle.org, 7:30 pm, $5