Synopses & Reviews
The bestselling author of Molto Italiano
and Molto Gusto
shares 120 of his favorite seasonal recipes in month-by-month menus perfect for celebrating with family and friends
For Mario Batali, privilege is also a responsibility. Dedicated to giving back, the renowned chef believes that sharing is crucial to leading a fulfilling life — especially at the table. That spirit of togetherness is at the heart of Molto Batali, a collection of festive and delicious recipes meant for sharing with friends and family throughout the year.
From lush summer salads to hearty winter braises, the seasonal dishes in Molto Batali — all easy to prepare and made with simple ingredients — enliven any dinner table, from a weeknight meal to a holiday celebration. Better yet, the recipes are organized into perfectly paired combinations for stellar meals. Each month features a sumptuous main course such as Leg of Lamb in a Clementine Crust; three toothsome pastas such as Wine-Stained Gemelli with Sausage "Meatballs" and Eggplant; four delectable veggie sides such as Sautéed Rutabagas with Chile, Mint, and Maple; a rustic, flavorful soup such as Green Garlic Soup; and an indulgent dessert such as Nectarine and Black Pepper Cheesecake.
The tantalizing recipes in Molto Batali reflect Marios passion for food and family, his belief in the importance of eating together, and the joy that comes when we share lovingly made meals. This same spirit of community and family informs the charitable work of the Mario Batali Foundation, the mission of which is to feed, protect, educate, and empower children — encouraging them to dream big while providing them with the necessary tools to become an active force for change in today's world.
"In this sincere, solid collection of 120 family-style recipes there is little kidding around for Batali, who turned 50 last year. In the introduction, he references Proust, notes his role as husband and father, and calculates that he oversees a combined staff of 3,000. That number includes employees of the Mario Batali Foundation, his hunger relief charity, to which a quarter of this books profits will be donated. With the calendar in mind, Batali assigns each of the 12 chapters a month, counting down a year's worth of feasts that feed eight to 12, though he points out that every dish can easily be halved or doubled. Each chapter contains a main meat dish along with several pastas, soups, vegetables, and desserts. In May, for instance, there is veal shoulder, an onion frittelle, dandelion salad, sautéed spinach, nettle soup spaghetti, ziti, and chilled zabaglione with raspberries and amaretti. Seafood pastas have always been one of Batali's strengths, and with these he shows that he can still bring on the heat with dishes like fusilli bucati with soft-shell crabs and hot chiles; bucatini with crayfish, jalapenos, and basil; and spaghetti with garlic, crab, and Serrano chiles. (Oct.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Molto Batali features 120 of the favorite recipes of Mario Batali, bestselling, James Beard Award-winning author of Molto Italiano and Molto Gusto. One of America's favorite chefs and a popular fixture on cable television's Food Network, Mario offers up simple and simply delicious seasonal recipes in month-by-month menus, perfect for celebrating with family and friends.
About the Author
Mario Batali is one of the most recognized and respected chefs working in America today, with fourteen restaurants — including his New York City flagship, Babbo Ristorante e Enoteca, as well as two restaurants in Los Angeles and three in Las Vegas — and a host of television shows, including the ever-popular Iron Chef America
. He is also the author of eight cookbooks, among them the James Beard Award-winning Molto Italiano
, the New York Times
bestsellers Italian Grill
and Spain...A Culinary Road Trip
, the companion book to his prime-time PBS series Spain...On The Road Again
. He has received such accolades as a GQ Magazine
Man of the Year Award and the James Beard Award for Outstanding Chef.
Mario splits his time between New York City's Greenwich Village and northern Michigan with his wife and their two sons. He started the Mario Batali Foundation in May of 2008 with the mission to feed, protect, educate, and empower children.