Four Peaks examines the 4 core industries of the Puget Sound–Innovation, Community, Entrepreneurship and Entertainment.

Four Peaks officially launched its series of monthly salons at the University of Washington today with a discussion of food and science featuring special guest, Nathan Myhrvold. Myhrvold is  CEO and founder of Intellectual Ventures and was Microsoft’s first CIO. He has just published an astounding cookbook—a 5 volume collection of some 22oo pages, Modernist Cuisine: The Art and Science of Cooking is set to make history with a early induction into the Gourmand Hall of Fame of Cookbooks during the Paris Cookbook Fair on March 3.

This cookbook retails for $625 and includes many recipes unlikely to find preparation methods or tools available in most kitchens, but at the moment seems destined for adoption by key international chefs. A lively discussion ensued, which will hopefully translate into applying this type of unconventional thought leadership to the Puget Sound’s growth and development.

Watch for news and more monthly events leading up to a full day Four Peaks summit in October.