Molto Italiano: (Hardcover) by Batali, Mario
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Hardcover; Published 5/2/2005; 522 Pages; ISBN 9780060734923
Through his restaurants, cookbooks, products and television shows, Mario Batali breathes the spirit of the Old World into modern day America and shows us how to revel in the inherent joys of daily life. 2006 James Beard Award Winner! International Category! Mario Batali is a madman/hero. Is ther... See complete description »
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2006 James Beard Award Winner! International Category!
Mario Batali is a madman/hero. Is there nothing he's not good at? Great chef, successful restaurateur, an author, an intellectual, host of a ridiculously informative and much-too-good-for-television TV show, afficianado of fine rock and roll and a man of Falstaffian appetites.
Easy to use and simple to read, some of these recipes are from the eight years of Molto Mario TV programs, including Mediterranean Mario, Mario Eats Italy, and the all-new Ciao America with Mario Batali. Batali's distinctive voice provides a historical and cultural perspective with a humorous bent to demystify even elaborate dishes as well as showing ways to shorten or simplify everything from the purchasing of good ingredients to pre-production and countdown schedules of holiday meals. Informative head notes include the provenance of the recipes and the odd historical fact.
Molto Italiano features soups, antipasti (many vegetarian or vegetable based), pasta dishes representing many of the 21 regions of Italy, fish, shellfish, chicken, pork and lamb dishes, each of which can be served as a light meal. With a section on desserts and a foundation of basic formation recipes, this book is the only Italian cookbook needed on the home cook's shelf.
this man knows how to cook.
I feel that the book is well organized and has a good variety of recipes!
I have watched several of his shows on the Food Network and like his style. Many of the shows demonstrated basics and I was hoping to get some of the recipes out of this book but none of the ones I was thinking about were in this book. I thought the book was a little over my head on the type of cooking I perfer to perform.
It has alot of good information. Also very easy to follow recipes.
A few of the recipes struck me as a bit too complicated for my taste, but then, I'm an amateur. The overall presentation (as well as an entire chapter devoted to wines) is great. A good addition to your cookbook collection. There's nobody like Mario!
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Recipes that call for wine do so to enhance the flavor of the dish- so it's not the time to use that half-opened bottle of red that's been sitting in your fridge for a month. If you wouldn't drink it, then don't cook with it.