Frank Stitt's Bottega Favorita: A Southern Chef's Love Affair with Italian Food

Frank Stitt's Bottega Favorita: A Southern Chef's Love Affair with Italian Food

by Frank Stitt
     
 

There are some places worth traveling to just for the food: Rome, Venice . . . and now, Birmingham, Italy.

In this companion to his first, best-selling cookbook, the beloved Southern chef Frank Stitt travels to Italy and brings the best of Mediterranean cuisine back home. To Stitt's mind, the two regions—Italy and the American South—share

Overview

There are some places worth traveling to just for the food: Rome, Venice . . . and now, Birmingham, Italy.

In this companion to his first, best-selling cookbook, the beloved Southern chef Frank Stitt travels to Italy and brings the best of Mediterranean cuisine back home. To Stitt's mind, the two regions—Italy and the American South—share commonalities. Both native cuisines have a tradition of turning humble ingredients—ground corn, bitter greens, cured pork, the daily catch—into poetry on the plate. And as the chef points out in his lively introduction to the book, this is elemental cooking based on the purity and simplicity of the freshest and finest ingredients.

Yet leave it to Stitt to make Italian cuisine his own. "There's no Pompano in Venice, but ours, fresh from Apalachicola, fits into the cartoccio (Italian fish stew) perfectly; our Chilton County white peaches are squeezed by hand for a bellini; our wild Gulf shrimp, oysters, crab, and fish are easily a match for their Mediterranean equivalents," Stitt writes. This appealing new cookbook includes the best of the Southern-influenced Italian recipes he has served at his Birmingham, Alabama, restaurant Bottega Restaurant and Café, for the last two decades—the Tomato Chutney and Roasted Sweet Pepper Pizza, Lamb Shanks with Sweet Peas and Mint, and fabulous desserts including Zabaglione Meringue Cake. Accompanied by sweet recollections of his journeys to Italy, this inspiring and accessible cookbook proves once again why the novelist Pat Conroy calls Stitt "the best chef in America."

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal

Following the success of Frank Stitt's Southern Table, chef Stitt introduces his second restaurant in Birmingham, AL, Bottega Restaurant and Café. Using the menu as a guide, drinks are first, followed by antipasti, soups and salads, pasta, fish, poultry and meat, vegetables, rice and polenta, and ending with desserts. The majority of the recipes are for the adventurous or experienced cook. Limoncello is made with the zest of 20 lemons, and Rabbit Torino begins with detailed instructions for boning the rabbit; a recommended wine follows each recipe. Staples for an Italian kitchen, techniques and tools, and sources for ingredients are also included. Throughout his career, Stitt has supported regional farmers and fishermen who practice sustainable agriculture and fishing. He continues this philosophy melding Southern ingredients with staples of Italian cooking. Highly recommended for libraries with regional cookbook collections.
—Christine Bulson

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781579653026
Publisher:
Artisan
Publication date:
12/15/2008
Pages:
269
Sales rank:
500,796
Product dimensions:
9.20(w) x 11.10(h) x 1.30(d)

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Meet the Author

Frank Stitt is the chef and owner of Highlands Bar and Grill, Bottega Restaurant and Café, and Chez Fonfon, all located in Birmingham, Alabama. He has won the James Beard Award for the Best Chef of the Southeast and was inducted into the James Beard Foundation’s "Who's Who of Food and Beverage" in 2011. He received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Southern Foodways Alliance for his elevation of Southern cuisine and his early advocacy of locally-grown food. He is the author of Frank Stitt's Southern Table and Frank Stitt's Bottega Favorita.

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