Even if you hadn’t heard of Mario Batali before, I am sure you did last week when all the papers announced him as the chef to put together the last state dinner of the Obamas. He’s no stranger to the White House and the first family, and now he doesn’t have to be a stranger to you either.
This Wednesday, Oct. 26, Batali will be in conversation with former L.A. Times food editor and columnist Russ Parsons at the Pasadena Presbyterian Church, as part of the Book Soup/Vroman’s series. He will discuss his new book, MARIO BATALI BIG AMERICAN COOKBOOK, and sign it with his (beloved color) Orange Sharpie.
In MARIO BATALI BIG AMERICAN COOKBOOK (October 4, 2016; $40; Grand Central Life & Style), Batali, in collaboration with Jim Webster, offers over 250 recipes of the best dishes that America has to offer. The selections celebrate the treasures of state fairs, shared dishes from church socials, and prized specialties from every ethnic group in the American melting pot.
A passion project two years in the making, Batali searched far and wide for truly delicious recipes from all corners of the United States and interpreted them with the same excitement and passion that he has famously brought to traditional and regional Italian and Spanish cooking.
Covering all of the country’s regions, this book shares everything from our geo-specific BBQ styles (of Texas, Kansas City, Memphis, and the Carolinas) to the variations of chowder along the Northeastern seaboard; from the spicy gumbos of the Gulf Coast to the berry pies of the Pacific Northwest. Plus, while Batali gleans from recipes passed down through the generations, he also shares his personal additions to the recipes that give tradition a super-delicious boost.
Having said that, the book itself is a gorgeous, heavy, nearly 500-page hardback, that is enhanced by huge photographs by Quentin Bacon. You’ll want to use in the kitchen and also show it off to your friends.
Tickets for this event are $46, available by following this link. One ticket includes a signed copy of the book, to be handed out at the event. The Pasadena Presbyterian Church is located at 585 E. Colorado Blvd, Pasadena 91101. Call Vroman’s at (626) 449-5320 or visit Vromansbookstore.com with additional questions.
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