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2011-03_modernistc.jpgSam Sifton reports that he and many New York chefs—Mario Batali, Jesse Schenker, Jimmy Bradley—have purchased "Modernist Cuisine," the much buzzed about, super expensive, monster of a cookbook and wonders if normal readers have too. In an interview conducted over e-mail and text message ("Yo MB, R U buying Modernist Cuisine?") Batali tells Sifton he'll use if for inspiration "when my traditional and grandma-based internal database fails me." [DJ]