Molto Gusto: Easy Italian Cooking

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The bestselling author of Italian Grill and Molto Italiano delivers a gorgeous collection of mouthwatering recipes to bring some Italian favorites home.

Chef Mario Batali's zest for life infuses the casual Italian fare that has made his restaurant Otto Enoteca Pizzeria a perennially popular New York City destination. Now you can have the flavors of Otto at home, with Molto Gusto, a collection of recipes for everyone's favorites, from pizza, ...

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Overview

The bestselling author of Italian Grill and Molto Italiano delivers a gorgeous collection of mouthwatering recipes to bring some Italian favorites home.

Chef Mario Batali's zest for life infuses the casual Italian fare that has made his restaurant Otto Enoteca Pizzeria a perennially popular New York City destination. Now you can have the flavors of Otto at home, with Molto Gusto, a collection of recipes for everyone's favorites, from pizza, pasta, and antipasti to gelati and sorbetti.

Mario has written the definitive book on great pizza making for the amateur, the novice, the foodie, and the gourmet cook, teaching how to make really great pizza at home without any fancy equipment. Here too are recipes for classic pizza, Otto's special pizzas, and even kids' pizzas.

Looking for something a little lighter? Try the antipasti. Based on seasonal vegetables, with a few recipes showcasing seafood and meat, these dishes can make up an entire, healthy meal. Also included are many of Mario's favorite simple pasta dishes, and to finish it all off, fantastic recipes for gelati, sorbetti, and copette.

Filled with Mario's infectious personality and love of robust flavors, and illustrated with luscious full-color photos, Molto Gusto makes it easy to spend a night on the town without leaving home.

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Editorial Reviews

Buffalo News (NY)
“The breadth of vegetable preparations in “Molto Gusto” is infectious. Armed with Batali’s suggestions, it seems, readers could tackle almost any vegetable they bring home.”
San Francisco Book Review
“If you could eat with your eyes, you’d swoon while reading Mario Batali’s MOLTO GUSTO.”
San Francisco Book Review
“If you could eat with your eyes, you’d swoon while reading Mario Batali’s MOLTO GUSTO.”
Buffalo News (NY)
“The breadth of vegetable preparations in “Molto Gusto” is infectious. Armed with Batali’s suggestions, it seems, readers could tackle almost any vegetable they bring home.”
Library Journal
This latest from Batali (Italian Grill; Molto Italiano), a James Beard Award winner who can be seen on Iron Chef America, features colorful pages and beautiful photographs that will appeal to the new chef. Recipes are organized by season, written for the beginning cook, and include helpful tips such as how to choose the right olive oil for Olive Oil Gelato. These dishes, great for dinner parties and family get-togethers, use lots of fresh vegetables. Batali's celebrity will make this circulate where new Italian cookery is popular.
Christine Muhlke
Many of the recipes are short, with only four or five ingredients. But [Batali's] co-author, Mark Ladner, the executive chef at Del Posto and an underappreciated star of the New York restaurant scene, helps make sure they're not just simple but also satisfying, even interesting…Mario and Mark: you pulled it off.
—The New York Times
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061924323
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/6/2010
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 323,721
  • Product dimensions: 7.94 (w) x 9.46 (h) x 0.96 (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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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2010

    One of Mario's best books!

    If you are always looking for different ways to cook vegatables this book is wonerful. the Vegtable receipes are easy, most of the ingredients are readily available and the photo's fantastic.
    I love the section for pizza making with an easy crust receipe. There is even a section for kids pizza's
    Mario also gives great information on cheeses the types and discription, aging process etc
    Information on meats for antipasta
    Great Book, easy recipes , informative, fun to read, love the photo's.
    The recieps for the pasta's are also simple. Mario discusses carb and heatlthy life style in the pasta section.
    This book is very informative. I have totally enjoyed the information. Some Italian cookbooks use ingredients and foods I would never consider even trying but this book is chock full of many reciepes the average person would find delicious. I am anxious to try many of these.
    The Pizza section is outstanding.

    7 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 7, 2010

    "Molto Gusto"-Easy Italian Cooking-by Mario Batali. A cook book that holds true to it's name, "Great Taste."

    I am writing a book review on a new cook book that I just ordered from Barnes and Noble titled "Molto Gusto" -Easy Italian Cooking by Mario Batali. If you know anything about the cooking world, you recognize the name Mario Batali. He is one of our most renown and respected chefs. And yes he is Italian, so that is where he gets most of his inspiration from in this cook book. If you like Italian food as much as I do, then you will agree with me that the title holds true to its name. This book is a collection of Mario Batali's favorite Italian recipes that are easy to make and truly have great taste, "Molto Gusto".
    I enjoyed this cook book because the recipes were easy to make and the book was well organized and quite informative. The contents were broken down into seven sections-1) Vegetable/Antipasto (appetizer), 2) Seafood & Meat, 3) Bruschetta & Cheese, 4) Insalata (salad), 5) Pasta, 6)Pizza, 7)Gelato & Sorberto ( ice cream/sorbet). Each section included summaries of Mr. Batali's Italian favorites that he actually makes at home and in his many restaurants. The recipes were easy to follow, food illustrations were large and colorful each picture having reference to the recipe page and a glossary section of the ingredients Chef Batali recommends and uses with explanation. The veggies and pasta's are so tasty! Great cookbook to buy for a friend as a gift.
    Perhaps the most important question that a consumer might ask and want to know about in this book review is "how did his recipes taste"? Well that answer held true to his book title, "Molto Gusto" meaning "Great Taste"!!! Perfecto, Mr. Batali!

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 5, 2010

    BRAVO Mario BRAVO!

    I love the fact he put together a traditional Italian family style cookbook kicked-up. A few good recipes included are ones that our family has been making for years with a few variations and I can easily substitute ingredients if I need to. OR even use what's in my garden! Keep in mind that Mario is giving you the very exact ingredients & product brands that he uses. So if you don't have access to that particular brand, don't stress, just substitute. Families from that part of world usually have easy access to good fish and grow their own gardens.

    One of the things I like about this particular book is that he well defines some of the ingredients such as the cheeses and the processed/cured meats.

    The other wonderful aspect about the book is that it provides a beautiful full colored picture for each recipe and is cross referenced.

    LOVE LOVE the pizza section!!! However we use our own family sauce recipe ;) This part of the book is a real inspiration for making your own pizzas at home! It's been our family tradition, it can be yours too!

    Downside, if you live in COW country, it's hard to find certain seafood or even good fish at decent prices. However I wish there were a few more fish recipes in this book...like Salmon. Another downside is Corn Syrup in the Gelato. If you can substitute it, more power to you. I would've liked to have seen some substitute info just in case certain ingredents/brands were not available.

    BRAVO Mario for a beautiful, practical, and inspirational book of down-home Italian style cooking!

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2010

    Italian Cooking for Everyone

    This book has a large number of simple yet delicious recipes. Some of the recipes are so simple but you would never think to put the flavors together. I especially love the large amount of vegetable anti pasto ideas.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 17, 2011

    A must have...

    The recipes are amazingly simple to follow with ingredients that can me found in almost any store. None of the "super exotic ingredients" found only in uzbekistan in April. Most of the recipes I was able to make in under half an hour, and I am not an amazing cook. So, for anyone looking for easy, traditional Italian recipes, this cookbook is a must have!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 25, 2010

    good good food

    definitely one to get

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