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Batali's "Molto Mario" cookbook

Discussion in 'Food Forum' started by The Pontificator, Feb 19, 2006.

  1. The Pontificator

    The Pontificator Angry Samoan

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    Does anyone own this? Or know someone who does? I was thinking about buying it but with already owning about 4 feet of Italian/Italian-American cookbooks it had better be darn good to justify the purchase.
     
  2. groundhawg

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    i just got the "molto italiano" book from the library. if thats the one your talking about, ive only skimmed through it but it appears to be pretty good. why dont you see if a nearby library has it. or look it over at the book store. i tend to hate dropping 35-40 bucks sight unseen.....
     

  3. Mild Bill

    Mild Bill Millennium Member

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    I have it, and his book 'Simple Italian Food'...
    Not SO simple...

    But I'd rather recommend you get the collection of Lidia's books...
    Everything about her books puts Mario's to shame...
    I like Mario, but she really has a familial warmth I dig...

    Lidia Matticchio Bastianich...
    She has a TV show I record every week too... Cooking with Lidia...
    If you have a DVR use it here...

    Lidia's Family Table (newest)
    La Cucina Di Lidia
    Lidia's Italian-American Kitchen
    Lidia's Italian Table

    I have all four and actually love them... Love...
    There're a couple smaller books she did with her kids and others I'll keep an eye out for too...

    You can keep an eye on Ebay and get them cheaper, even tho they're not expensive on Amazon...

    She shares family stories of growing up in Italian villages and other places,
    and every recipe I studied, then tried, has been extra good...

    The recipes are rarely intricate...

    Sometimes we tend to over-do things, but she'll help in simplifying things and somehow it comes out better...

    I could not recommend any cookbooks more...

    Rick Bayless' Mexican 'One Plate at a Time' is good... He's good...
    Real Mexican is a great cuisine worth getting into for a spell...

    Beautiful stuff...

    ;c
     
  4. groundhawg

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    ive looked through the book "molto italiano" since my last post and find it to be pretty good. the recipes tend to be fairly simple with an emphasis on a few "good" ingredients [10 or fewer]. its well illustrated which i like in a cookbook because it gets my digestive juices flowing in anticipation.
    as i said earlier, check it out from the library.
     
  5. The Pontificator

    The Pontificator Angry Samoan

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    My Mom has all the "Lidia" cookbooks.

    "Molto Mario" is $24 from Amazon. Our library doesn't have it.
     
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    i was watching a show the other day on food network about his putting together a new restaurant in nyc -- Del Posto

    it was a good show. then i was reading some stories about the restaurant yesterday and most of the reviews have been LESS than stellar.

    he's shooting for a "four star" rating since no italian restaurants in nyc have ever achieved that rating. but from the stories i've read it's not looking too good.

    not to mention that a lot of the reviews thought his pricing was, pardon the term, out to lunch.

    $27 for a spaghetti dinner!!!!? i don't think so, no matter WHO the frikkin' chef is. some reviewers thought his lesser restaurants are actually much better.

    plus he's having trouble with the landlord of the building along with the city regarding construction and equipment in the basement, which is causing a serious problem for a new tenant who is trying to move in next door to his place.

    i've always liked his shows but for some reason i see a guy who can be a serious prick when he wants to be with a HUGE ego to match. just my opinion.
     
  7. Glockerel

    Glockerel Got Mojo?

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    He is a bit of an egomaniac.
    He's also gaining so much weight I'll bet he hasn't seen his....uh...red clogs in years.
     
  8. The Pontificator

    The Pontificator Angry Samoan

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    That's pretty much my impression.