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When Fabio Viviani was growing up in a housing project in Florence, Italy, the center of his world was the kitchen, where his mother, grandmother, and especially his great-grandmother instilled in him a love for cooking and good food.

Now he shares the best of Italian home cooking while telling the story of his hardscrabble childhood, his success as a chef in the United States, and the women in his family who inspired him. In more than 150 delicious recipes, Viviani takes us ...

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Overview

When Fabio Viviani was growing up in a housing project in Florence, Italy, the center of his world was the kitchen, where his mother, grandmother, and especially his great-grandmother instilled in him a love for cooking and good food.

Now he shares the best of Italian home cooking while telling the story of his hardscrabble childhood, his success as a chef in the United States, and the women in his family who inspired him. In more than 150 delicious recipes, Viviani takes us from his family home, where his great-grandmother taught him to make staples like Italian Apple Cake and Homemade Ricotta, to the kitchen of a local trattoria, where he honed his craft cooking restaurant favorites like Gnocchi and the Perfect Tiramisu, and then across Italy where he studied each region's finest recipes, from Piedmont's Braised Ossobuco to Emilia Romagna's Perfect Meat Sauce.

A gorgeously illustrated cookbook, Fabio's Italian Kitchen is a celebration of food and family that brings all the joy, fun, and flair that Fabio Viviani embodies to your kitchen.

Fabio Viviani was born in Florence, Italy, and became a sous chef at Il Pallaio, a trattoria in Firenze, at the age of sixteen. He now works as the owner and executive chef of Cafe Firenze, a renowned Italian restaurant in Ventura County, California, and Osteria Firenze, a Los Angeles Italian eatery. He has appeared on Top Chef (season five), Top Chef All Stars, and Life After Top Chef.
From growing up in a Florentine housing project to charming millions on Top Chef, Italian chef Fabio Viviani blends his amazing personal story with his favorite recipes from his home country.

Fabio shares the best of Italian home cooking while telling the story of his own, hardscrabble Italian childhood (and subsequent success upon arrival in US) and especially the women in his life mother and great grandmother who taught him to cook and inspired him. The book will feature photos and over 150 recipes with stories, including Viviani staples (Italian Apple Cake, 7 Flavors Meat), restaurant favorites (Gnocchi, the Perfect Tiramisu), and recipes from his travels and apprenticeships across different regions of Italy (Braised Ossobuco from Piedmont, the Perfect Meat Sauce from Emilia Romagna).

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Follow Viviani into his Italian kitchen with this collection of 150 family-inspired recipes and personal stories that shaped his approach to joyful, energetic cooking. From humble beginnings in Tuscany—where mealtime was a family celebration and dishes were prepared with common-sense, simple ingredients and the principle that “less is more”—Viviani (popular Top Chef contestant and star of Chow Ciao! from Yahoo!) presents a passionate and confident approach to cooking that satisfies both cook and those who eat these unpretentious and uncomplicated dishes. Viviani offers recipes reflecting both his training and the best of traditional home-cooked food. Chapters feature classic appetizers; soups; pasta, gnocchi, and risotto; meat; seafood; chicken; salads; and desserts. My Grandma’s Overcooked Veal Shanks is a melt-in-your-mouth braised dish, and My Aunt From Siena’s Bean Soup marries sausage, wine, and cannellini beans. One chapter is dedicated solely to his mother’s go-to recipes—Pepper Stew, a pork-based Meat with Seven Flavors, and Tripe in Tomato. He cooks with aplomb. The cookbook is an infectious invitation to join in the fun and share that signature “Boom!” Viviani brings to cooking truly memorable Italian meals. (May)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781401312770
  • Publisher: Hyperion
  • Publication date: 4/23/2013
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 91,130
  • Product dimensions: 7.10 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Born in Florence, Italy, Fabio Viviani began working at Il Pallaio, a Trattoria in Firenze, at the age of 14. Viviani thrived in the high pressure environment and managed to become sous chef two years later. He moved to Ventura County, California at the age of 27 and now works as the owner and executive chef of Cafe Firenze, a renowned Italian restaurant in Moorpark, California, and Firenze Osteria, a popular Los Angeles Italian eatery. He appeared on season 5 of Top Chef and earned a place among the final four contestants. Before he was eliminated from the competition, he was named "Fan Favorite." Viviani returned to Bravo in 2010 to compete in their Top Chef All Stars edition and will appear on Life After Top Chef in fall 2012.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2013

    I have a bit of an addiction to cookbooks and buy them all the t

    I have a bit of an addiction to cookbooks and buy them all the time. I picked this one up yesterday and read it cover to cover. It was a great read for the little anecdotes and personal stories. The recipes appeared simple and easy to follow. I can't wait to give them a try, especially the ones that have you make your own pasta.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 17, 2013

    Wonderful recipes and hilarious stories!

    This book is not just about fantastic Italian recipes, but really funny stories from Fabio's youth. Did you know he almost accidentally set his grandmother on fire? I've only made a few recipes so far but they have turned out wonderful! I can't wait to try to make my own ricotta cheese at home!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted May 7, 2014

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 21, 2013

    This is an amazing cookbook that brings to life the essence of I

    This is an amazing cookbook that brings to life the essence of Italian food: family.  I found myself reading the entire book cover-to-cover in one sitting, and especially loved the personal narratives interspersed throughout the book.  Fabio's humor, candidness and simple approach to Italian cuisine will inspire even the most timid of home cooks to try and succeed with these recipes in their own kitchen.  

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2013

    Gorgeous,simple,delicious,real and memorable food!

    Gorgeous,simple,delicious,real and memorable food!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 6, 2013

    This book is not only a great cookbook....easy to read and easy

    This book is not only a great cookbook....easy to read and easy to follow, but it's an enjoyable journey with Fabio through his life experiences and anecdotes. I am sure readers will enjoy the book and Fabio's recipes.

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