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Michael Mina: The Cookbook: Trios and Classic Recipes [Kindle Edition]

Michael Mina , JoAnn Cianciulli , Andre Agassi , Karl Petzke
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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Book Description

A world-class chef and restaurateur shares his secrets and reveals how to create his trio concept, where a master recipe is followed by three flavor variations. Accompanying the trios are Mina's classic and most requested recipes from his restaurants. Full color.

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

San Francisco chef Mina, who has franchised himself to Las Vegas with the backing of tennis star Agassi, declares that all the recipes in his book have been "designed to be prepared in the home kitchen by a single cook." The home cook with a day job is unlikely to regard this as a practical guide, however, unless similarly driven by Mina's obsession with the core concept: the trio. Each of his New American dishes, from starter to dessert, is presented with three different interpretations of the key ingredient. For instance, his Summer Berry Cobbler, Berry Sundae with Mascarpone Ice Cream, involves creating a raspberry cobbler with vanilla streusel, a blueberry cobbler with lavender scone and a blackberry cobbler with candied ginger shortbread, in hot and cold variations to be eaten in alternating bites. The design alone—with its 100 beautifully crisp photos—will further entice home cooks to try his recipes in their own home. (Nov.)
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About the Author

Michael Mina has won many awards, including the 2002 James Beard for Best Chef in California.

Product Details

  • File Size: 20453 KB
  • Print Length: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Bulfinch (January 30, 2010)
  • Sold by: Hachette Book Group
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003852KFC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #227,324 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful book, and great food, but not too practical September 17, 2008
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
If you've ever had the opportunity (or pocketbook) to dine in one of Michael Mina's restaurants, this book dissects some of their best dishes. I was eager to try some of them, but was a bit dismayed by the level of difficulty. I know, what was I thinking, right?

Most of the recipes require a lot of prep time as well as ingredients and techniques not familiar with the home cook ( I have yet to find a grocery store that carries truffles). If you are looking for something elegant that you can whip up in a flash you may want to look into a different book.

I did however, enjoy the book much more after dining in one of his restaurants. I actually received a signed copy of his book for free when I ordered the Chef's Tasting menu. Pretty cool, except that I paid over $400 for dinner for two!!!

My favorite is the lobster pot pie - to die for. I guess you could substitute some of the steps such as the handmade crust, or even rolling it over the pot, but then it would not be an authentic "Mina" experience. if you have the skills to master any of the dishes, you will definitely wow your guests.

As long as this book is not approached like a practical cookbook, you won't be disappointed.
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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous Cookbook December 1, 2006
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This is really a beautiful book, whether you cook from it or just aspire to cook from it. Having enjoyed an incredible evening at Michael Mina's namesake restaurant in San Francisco's Union Square, I can say that this book captures the experience perfectly. Also, Mr. Mina shares not only his insight and thoughtful introductions with each section and recipe, he also discusses his journey to success, and includes his family and staff along the way.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You Too Can Cook Like Michael Mina November 14, 2010
Although I've never visited Michael Mina's famous San Francisco restaurant,reading the cookbook has reinforced my desire to dine there. The trio concept is defined and illustrated with beautiful photography and fantastic recipes. Some other reviewers have indicated that the recipes are overly complex, but I didn't find that to be the case. The steps and techniques are adequately defined and appear to be accurate and achievable by a reasonbly skilled home cook. However, the sheer volume of work to accomplish one of the meals with the long ingredients list and full set of recipes is a daunting prospect due to the sheer amount of work. As suggested in the book, I chose just one of the trios and my family was very satisfied with the balance of flavors and textures. I will definitely be trying additional recipes, and when I have enough time to prepare, may attempt the entire trio! The only possible criticism of the book is the tiny, light gray font which makes it a bit challenging to read.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book for a budding Chef January 18, 2007
This book is a very good book, but not for someone who wants to just throw something together quickly. It's got some very sophisticated recipes and some quite complicated. All-in-all, it's a very good book, but if you're a cook and not a chef; I would look for something a bit simpler to cook from. On the other hand, if you love to cook and impress, this is the book for you.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful cookbook with pictures to match. January 11, 2007
By Just me
I had gone to Michael Mina in SF with some friends, who are also chefs, and they tried to get a recipe but couldn't. I found the cookbook while trying to search the internet for the recipe and thought "what a perfect Christmas gift". They LOVED it! The photography is beautiful and it shows exactly how he plates the food. Unless you are a true chef, I'm not sure most could handle the recipes but if you love great food and the challenge of cooking. This is a book for you.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More inspiration per ounce than much I have read lately December 5, 2009
By Surj
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There is not much to say apart from this book is inspiring and some great ideas in here. To prepare a complete dish is alot of work but the sub components work well for the creative home chef. I bought mine on the Amazon marketplace used.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Michael Mina's cookbook September 3, 2008
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This is a fantastic book. Michael shares his most famous recipes - the recipes are pictured and the instructions are written in an easy to follow manner. This book is not for a beginning cook but rather, for someone who enjoys a culinary challenge.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Snatching defeat from the jaws of victory December 26, 2013
Michael Mina has an outstanding reputation as a San Francisco chef and restaurateur. This book of his haute cuisine recipes, difficult though many might be to recreate, proves it. Immense effort was obviously expended by chef, author and photographer to make this a memorable coffee-table book, especially with the many lavish, larger-than-life photographs of his creations.
But there is a fatal flaw in the production that negates all the positive aspects of the book: The text is printed in small, light-gray type so as to be virtually unreadable. As occasional 'entertainment reading,' this might not be too bad, but cooking recipes need to be clear and easily readable at a glance as one labors over the process. Thus my review title. The 'designer' of the book is not credited. Or maybe the recipes are not intended to be recreated but merely admired.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Michael Mina: The Cookbook
It looked used which was a bit disappointing, but it is in great shape and is very usable and it came on time.
Published 16 months ago by Carol Remington
4.0 out of 5 stars Michael Mina The Cookbook
Excellent reference source for using familiar recipes that you are comfortable with preparing in interesting new variations. Read more
Published on May 4, 2011 by Wayne
4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely and inspiring cookbook
Many of the recipes are just way more dcomplicated than most people will ever do, however, if you read thru the elements of what Michael makes you will find things that you can... Read more
Published on March 6, 2011 by Food geek
5.0 out of 5 stars Michelin star dining at your fingertips...
After dining at Michael Mina's at the Bellagio, I wanted to get my wife to recreate the experience of the Chef's Tasting Menu at home. Not all of it at once mind you. Read more
Published on January 21, 2011 by Big E
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Gift for the Gourmet Chef
My gift list includes a man who already has everything. He loves fine dining and creating gourmet meals using recipes from his hundreds of cookbooks. Read more
Published on January 8, 2011 by Tee-Belle
3.0 out of 5 stars Big increase in price
This book was $20 for the longest time. I was going to buy one but missed the boat.

It just recently went up to $31.50. Why such a big increase? Read more
Published on August 18, 2010 by Suzy Q
3.0 out of 5 stars was ok
this was a gift for my sister; she was quite happy with it. the shipping was fast and convenient (saturday shipping), but the pages were warped like paper gets when it gets wet,... Read more
Published on February 17, 2009 by bea
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