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Molto Batali: Simple Family Meals from My Home to Yours

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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 ...

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Overview

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 Mario’s 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.

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Simple Family Meals will win shoppers with its straightforward, family-friendly approach: Organized by month, its chapters each present one main dish; five veggie sides; three pasta variations; and one dessert. And Quentin Bacon's food photographs qualify as deliciously tempting.

Edward Ash-Milby

Publishers Weekly
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.)
Kirkus Reviews
Batali (Molto Gusto, 2010, etc.) offers a collection of recipes focusing on simple, delicious, seasonal food. The author presents 12 exquisite meals in traditional Italian style: a soup, two pasta dishes, a main, four vegetable dishes and a dessert, with each meal intended to feed 8-12 people. "This represents the way I think we should eat with less reliance on proteins at the center of the plate and much more emphasis on a bigger variety of vegetable and grain courses at the table in our daily diet," writes the author. Despite his best intentions, however, Batali readily admits that readers will unlikely prepare all the components of the meals he outlines; however, the possibilities for mixing and matching individual dishes are endless. His pleasantly conversational prefaces to each set of dishes, paired with the gorgeous full-color photography of Quentin Bacon, highlight the purity of his ingredients and the simplicity of Italian cuisine. Standout recipes include: Green Garlic Soup; Bucatini with Crayfish, Jalapenos and Basil; Porcini-Rubbed Prime Rib Eye; Wilted Arugula with Pine Nuts and Lemon; and Brown Sugar, Almond and Sour Cherry Torta di Uova. A quarter of the profits from the sale of the book will benefit the Mario Batali Foundation, whose mission is to provide hunger relief and nutrition education to children. Exciting recipes and meal-planning advice from an institution of classic Italian fare.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062095565
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/25/2011
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 306,412
  • Product dimensions: 9.46 (w) x 7.60 (h) x 1.08 (d)

Meet the Author

Mario Batali

Mario Batali is the James Beard Award-winning author of eight cookbooks, including Molto Batali, Molto Gusto, Molto Italiano, and Spain...A Culinary Road Trip, as well as the app Mario Batali Cooks! With a host of television shows to his name; fifteen restaurants; and Eataly, a fifty-thouasand-square-foot Italian marketplace in New York City's Flatiron District that he co-owns with his partner, Joe Bastianich, Mario Batali is one of the most recognized and most respected chefs working in America today. Mario splits his time between New York City's Greenwich Village and northern Michigan with his wife and their two sons.

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  • Posted April 27, 2012

    This is a great cookbook. I own it myself and I'm now buying it

    This is a great cookbook. I own it myself and I'm now buying it for relatives. You don't need to be "a good cook" to be able to follow and cook most of the recipes in this book. That doesn't mean there's nothing exciting or interesting in the book, just that it is accessible for the average person who is not a professional chef. Pictures are mouth-watering. The recipes clear and simple. It's an enjoyable book to thumb through. Simply pick out a few recipes that look good to you and give it a try. You'll be happy you did.

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  • Posted December 31, 2011

    Not recommended

    An average cooking book!
    Nothing exciting to learn or cook ... I would not spend the money to keep this book on my shelves.

    3 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 17, 2012

    NOT FOR NOOK HD (no PagePerfect, i.e. graphically enhanced, book

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    The newest reader gets fewer compatible books, and none with enhanced graphics!  Nice.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 17, 2014

    Excellent delicious read

    Ready to cook!

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