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  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Ten Speed Press; 01 edition (22 Oct. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1607743973
  • ISBN-13: 978-1607743972
  • Product Dimensions: 25 x 3.5 x 29.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 135,929 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Autamme_dot_com TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 14 Jan. 2014
Format: Hardcover
This reviewer must confess a smidgeon of ignorance by not recognising the author, who is apparently one of the San Francisco Bay Area's star chefs who has become known for how he has "...revolutionised restaurant culture with his take on the farm-to-table ethic and focus on the terroir of the Northern California coast."

Mind you, ignorance can be a blessing and it means that one has no preconceptions or expectations either! This is a richly-decorated, highly-illustrated book with a fair few pleasant differences. After a fairly interesting introduction one is given a "how to use this book" mini chapter - how to use a cook book you may ask - but the authors make it clear that cooking should be more than just following a series of steps mechanically. Clearly the results will be good if you follow the recipe but will there be any "heart and soul" in the dish. Whilst teaching the reader many interesting recipes and possibly many new techniques or little wrinkles, there is a clear exhortation to cook with your hands, use your experience and feel for the dish and so forth. So whilst there are clearly recipes that you can follow, the strongest possible encouragement is given to using the recipes as a guide.

Everything is concentrated into nine distinct chapters, each with fairly abstract or indirect names such as "An homage to an egg" and "To renew". This is a book where clearly you should read the text that accompanies the recipes as by doing this you will get a greater insight to the recipes, a deeper feeling to food combinations and a rather interesting literary guided tour.
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A lovely book, well presented. Easy to follow precise recipes, pictures do the food justice. I bought this book for ideas and different ways of producing food. This is not a book for the average kitchen cook as the ingredients will not be readily available. I would recommend it for professional chefs though.
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I have had so many great things told to my by my peers and colleagues about Manresa, So when I got wind of the books imminent publication and release I wated for what seemed a life time salivating over my special purchase, and Hey it really is just so so Special I have had it next to my computer in the office for 3 weeks now and when I am a little tense I rub my hand over the Oyster textured cover and I am in a pure Zen Moment......Pure Quality!

The book by chef David Kinch is a remarkable piece of food and life philosophy, and the expression of a very focused life. Despite the fact that the overwhelming majority of the recipes are not going to happen in a normal household kitchen, they are articulated clearly and surrounded by the unmistakable voice of the author. Also: gorgeous artwork.

If you want to understand the nature of what a restaurant like Manresa is built on, and what their food is all about, and the people who are integral to the entire process, read this book. I may change your life forever!

There are 9 Chapters (I will not go into detail)

1. How I met Cynthia Sandberg
2. An Homage to an Egg
3. An Edible Reflection
4. To Renew
5. The Pacific as a Muse
6. Building a Dish
7. Building a menu
8. Creativity & Technology
9 Bar & Cellar

Also there is a great Intro by the man himself Eric Ripert...
Needless to say I have booked a vacation to California to take the Kids to Disney
and then they will have to be forced to come with me to Manresa...
Happy Days (as the small faces once sung)
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