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Sep 21, 2008 04:26 AM

OCTOBER 2008 COTM: Batali

And the winner is ...

MARIO BATALI: Molto Italiano, Babbo & Simple Italian Food


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  1. There are a bunch of links to his recipes, including to his site, on the other thread, and I'll try to copy them over here. However, another 'hound warned me that google say that his site may be corrupted:

    Wanted to give you a heads up!

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    1. Yay! I can actually participate this month!

      I don't own any Batali books so any recommendations? Which one is the best as a Batali sampler? I already own Marcella's Essential Italian (and love it) so I'd like to get another Italian cookbook that compliments my Marcella without getting too much overlap.

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      1. re: mielimato

        I think there is more information that might be helpful on these threads:

        Glad you can participate!

      2. I am psyched!
        I have "Molto Italiano," and everything I've made from it so far was great. I am looking forward to revisiting some of my favorites and trying new recipes.

        1. YEAH!
          there are seemingly endless recipes on the Food Network site -- years of MM, and on the BabboNYC site
          my favorite/standbys are lamb/artichoke stew + squid sicilian lifeguard style
          there's also a super easy tart, a sweet crust that goes well with savory veg -- I think it's hidden as a cardoon recipe, but I always use artichokes or some greens + ricotta

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          1. re: pitu

            Hi - Not to be a big buzz killer, but the general idea was that folks would cook from those three books listed, or recipes online from those three books, so that the discussion isn't too too spread out. However, I'm sure no one will be shot for cooking and posting on recipes on the FN site that aren't from the books! (grin)

            1. re: MMRuth

              Right, MM.

              I personally will find plenty of material in the one book I have., But I agree with pitu about the Sicilian lifeguard squid, which I printed out from the FN site. I don't know what book it's in, if any. But it's fantastic.

              1. re: NYCkaren

                Thanks - and just to add - I don't mean to sound snarky about it at all - just that there is always a tension (not in a bad way) between posters who'd rather do one book, and those who'd like a widely published author's other books to be included, and I tried to strike a balance!

                1. re: NYCkaren

                  The sicilian lifeguard recipe is in the Babbo cookbook, so it qualifies! And, I agree, the taste is terrific. Plus, it only takes about 10 minutes to make, if you have the marinara on hand.

                  I have Babbo and Simple Italian Food (and Italian Grill, but that's not listed). I'll try and cook along this month--I love Batali recipes.

                  1. re: liamsaunt

                    I just think the name alone warrents a cooking try. I'll only be cooking from Molto Italiano this month - but I'm dying to know what the Sicilian Lifeguards do with squid..

                2. re: MMRuth

                  no worries MM -- the FN/BabboNYC site recipes are mostly in the books
                  Sicilian Lifeguard is one of those book recipes

              2. Looking forward to my first COTM! Is it October yet??? FYI in case anyone is looking for a used copy - just ordered one (Molto Italiano) from for $17.