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Mario Batali Simple Italian Food: Recipes from My Two Villages

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Perfectly pristine ingredients, combined sensibly and cooked properly, are the unmistakable hallmarks of the best Italian food. Chef Mario Batali, known to fans far and wide as "Molto Mario" from his appearances on television's Food Network and as chef of New York's much-loved Pó restaurant, has elevated these simple principles to fine art, creating innovative new fare tha ...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published September 29th 1998 by Clarkson Potter
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Enjoyed this cookbook, there are recipes I look forward to making.
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Recommended to Elizabeth by: Kristen
I've gotten into the (probably good) habit of checking cookbooks out from the library to preview them before buying and/or adding to the wish list. My cookbook collection already exceeds the space available to it, so I'm thinking this is a prudent habit - and one I should've picked up some time ago.

This book had to go back to the library before we had a chance to cook from it - which is really too bad, as the recipes seemed even more approachable than many in Molto Italiano, which we already own
Jan 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
Simple Italian Food is one of my all-time favorite cookbooks. Batali uses a lot of ingredients you may need to pick up at a farmers market rather than your local grocer, but the recipes are relatively simple yet sophisticated. Try the barbecued baby Octopus with lima beans in red wine or the roasted Porgy with peas, garlic, scallions and mint. If that doesn't suit your fancy, try the braised stuffed rabbit legs with walnuts, prosecco, dried cherries and apricots (I delete the apricots). But, my ...more
Sep 02, 2007 rated it liked it
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A great book. Mind you simple cooking to Mario Batali and simple cooking to me aren't exactly the same thing. However everything I've made from this book has been wonderful. It's probably his least complicated book as I find his other cookbooks are good, and pretty thorough but generally not things that I would make myself.
Dec 26, 2008 rated it really liked it
This has a number of great traditional italian recipes along with new ideas to add interesting flavors/options to your menu. Recipes appears to be easy to follow and there's quite a bit of culinary background information on tools and ingredients as well.
Jul 30, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: italian food lovers
the mushroom risotto recipe is off da hook. making fresh pasta is sooooo yum and it came out great. my gnocchi could use some work. i need a ricer.
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The original Batali and still one of the better books in his repertoire.
Jan 25, 2013 rated it it was ok
Few recipes my family would be willing to eat or I would be interested in cooking.
Mar 11, 2008 rated it really liked it
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Mario: Love his cooking, love his show, love his history of food, love his passion for food and it's history. If you are a fan, be sure to read HEAT by Bill Buford.
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Mario Batali is known to most people as both the star of the Food Network's Molto Mario and one of the Iron Chefs on Iron Chef America. Winner of numerous awards for his restaurants, Mario himself is the recipient of the 2005 James Beard All-Clad Outstanding Chef Award, the most prestigious cooking honor there is. Mario is also a huge NASCAR fan. Like many guys his age, Mario first discovered the ...more
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