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Nathan Myhrvold – the former chief strategist and chief technology officer at Microsoft Corp. – has a tip to make a glass of red wine taste better: Add a pinch of salt.Myhrvold – who holds degrees in mathematics, geophysics and space physics from UCLA, as well as a doctorate in theoretical and mathematical physics and a master's degree in mathematical economics from Princeton University – made the discovery after a few glasses of wine at a dinner. If you eat salty food, it improves lighter, cheaper red wines.Myhrvold came to the attention of the food world in 2011 with "Modernist Cuisine," a six-volume work on the science of cooking that runs to 2,400 pages. Myhrvold's approach can be iconoclastic. Instead of decanting wines in the conventional way, he suggests blasting them in a kitchen blender for about half a minute: Myhrvold, 54, is entertaining company.
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