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Apr 12, 2005 11:41 AM

Mario Batali interview on Amazon

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noticed that Amazon interviewed Batali (thanks to's link) and found it somewhat interesting. thought I'd share it with those of you (see link below)


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  1. Wurstle, Thank you for the link! I am fortunate enough to live in Seattle and enjoy Salumi quite often. I am looking forward to Mario's new book. More than anything, I respect his enthusiasm for eating well and living well.

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    1. re: Leper

      But, he swears so easily ?;.

      1. re: kc girl

        K.C. Girl, when you're passionate about life, you tend to verbalize in a more passionate manner as well. Otherwise, Mario would be like Al Gore serving tapioca and mineral water to vegans while they listen to Kenny G.

        1. re: Leper

          The Mario Batali cookware line is being made with a company called Copco, not sold at Costco. The line will be available starting this summer at Gourmet Stores and Upscale Chains.

        2. re: kc girl

          For Christ's sake he's not a nun!

          1. re: kc girl

            I thought the exact same thing, kc girl. I don't care how passionate you are, it's just not appropriate. Especially when you are being interviewed as a professional for distribution to the masses. Passion is one thing, potty mouth is quite another. The use of curse words does not display ones passion, or ones creativity. After all, everyone knows the f-word. It takes real creativity to get your point across without it. If anything, it detracts from the point and diminishes the sentiment. Too bad, too...I was just kind of building a grudging respect for him. Kind of killed it for me.

            1. re: Cyndy

              Maybe this is why he and Anthony Bourdain reputedly get along so well.

              I have been a longtime fan of Batali, so I'm too biased to care about his loose tongue. Yeah, I'm all for professionalism, but I pictured the interview being over the phone and Batali just being very natural and himself. His cursing didn't diminish his enthusiasm and message in the least for me. Besides, Amazon could have easily omitted those words from the printed interview, but they obviously chose to keep them in for a certain effect.

              I loved his simple reminder about not moving and overworking ingredients too much. Also very interested in his new cookware that will debut at Costco. Don't have a Costco membership but this would bring me in to the store. Amazing that he can find time for his sons, and sounds like he also goes to the gym! (I wonder if he was exaggerating some there.)

              Incidentally, Amazon did a recent interview w/ Giada de Laurentiis who was her usual well-spoken, "I love my Italian heritage" self. I respect anyone who has obviously worked hard to get where she is, but honestly, I find her persona to be very grating...

            2. re: kc girl

              Don't ever go into a restaurant kitchen -your ears will burst into flames...

              1. re: lala

                That is so interesting...I have worked in a dozen professional kitchens, and swearing has never been acceptable in any of them. In fact, it was so drilled into us in cooking school, we came up with other words to mean what we meant...the one that sticks in my head is Skippy...a euphemism for Horse's ass. But really, never worked in a professional kitchen were swearing was permitted or accepted.