327 Simple Italian Recipes to Cook at Home
By Mario Batali
(Ecco, Hardcover, 9780060734923, 528pp.)
Publication Date: May 2005
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"The trick to cooking is that there is no trick." ––Mario Batali
The only mandatory Italian cookbook for the home cook, Mario Batali's MOLTO ITALIANO is rich in local lore, with Batali's humorous and enthusiastic voice, familiar to those who have come to know him on his popular Food Network programs, larded through about 220 recipes of simple, healthy, seasonal Italian cooking for the American audience.
Easy to use and simple to read, some of these recipes will be those "as seen" on TV in the eight years of "Molto Mario" programs on the Food Network, including those from "Mediterranean Mario," "Mario Eats Italy," and the all–new "Ciao America with Mario Batali." Batali's distinctive voice will provide a historical and cultural perspective with a humorous bent to demystify even the more 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 will include bits about the provenance of the recipes and the odd historical fact.
Mario Batali's MOLTO ITALIANO will feature ten soups, thirty antipasti (many vegetarian or vegetable based), forty pasta dishes representing many of the twenty–one regions of Italy, twenty fish and shellfish dishes, twenty chicken dishes, twenty pork or lamb dishes and twenty side dishes, each of which can be served as a light meal. Add twenty desserts and a foundation of basic formation recipes and this book will be the only Italian cooking book needed in the home cook's library.
Mario Batali is the James Beard Award-winning author of eight cookbooks, including Molto Gusto, Molto Italiano, Spain...A Culinary Road Trip, and Italian Grill, as well as the iPad app Mario Batali Cooks! With a host of television shows to his name, fifteen restaurants, and Eatalya 50,000-square-foot Italian marketplace in New York Citys Flatiron district, which he co-owns with his partner, Joe BastianichMario Batali is arguably one of the most recognized and respected chefs working in America today. Mario splits his time between New York Citys Greenwich Village and northern Michigan with his wife and their two sons.