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Jul 1, 2011 09:37 AM

*July 2011 Cookbooks of the Month, BATALI II: MOLTO GUSTO and ITALIAN GRILL

Welcome to our July 2011 Cookbooks of the Month, MOLTO GUSTO and ITALIAN GRILL by Mario Batali.

Haven't joined us before and wondering what we're up to? Anyone and everyone are welcome to join us in our collective cooking endeavor, no dues are charged. This link explains how it all works:

Here's our initial discussion of the books, including links to many recipes helpfully provided by Big

THIS THREAD will be used for general discussion, menu planning, linking to recipes from the books available elsewhere on the web, and for discussing the sections at the front and back of the books covering general techniques, ingredients, sources, etc.

The threads linked below will be used to discuss recipes in the chapters listed directly below each link.

The Chowhound Team has asked me to remind you that verbatim copying of recipes to the boards is a violation of the copyright of the original author. Posts with copied recipes will be removed.


Molto Gusto: Vegetable Antipasti; Seafood & Meat Antipasti
Italian Grill: Antipasti


Molto Gusto: Bruschetta & Cheese; Pizza
Italian Grill: Pizza and Flatbreads


Italian Grill: Fish and Shellfish; Poultry; Meat


Molto Gusto: Pasta; Insalata
Italian Grill: Vegetables


Buon appetito e mangiare bene!

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  1. Thanks, Caitlin. That looks like a terrific division of the chapters.

    1. Thanks so much Caitlin, I totally agree w Gio, such a thoughtful organization of the chapters. Really looking forward to the month ahead, happy cooking everyone!

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      1. re: Breadcrumbs

        Nice job getting us started Breadcrumbs! Loved reading all of your recipe reviews.

        1. re: smtucker

          Thanks so much smtucker, that's very kind of you!

      2. Hi Caitlin--where do I discuss recipes for fish, shellfish, poultry and meat from Molto Gusto? I"m probably just missing the section.

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        1. re: Goblin

          Hi Goblin, Molto Gusto doesn't have chapters with meat, poultry, and fish main dishes, just the chapters you see listed above, which is why there isn't a listing for them. Conversely, Italian Grill doesn't have dessert chapters, so the Gelato & Sorbetto thread is for that chapter in Molto Gusto.

          1. re: Goblin

            Hi Goblin, I think maybe you have Batali's book Molto Italiano? That one was part of a previous COTM:

            1. re: Caitlin McGrath

              Caitlin, you are so right! The cover of my Batali book has his name writ large and smiling face much in evidence, with the title "Molto Italiano" in small print. At least, that's my excuse for being lured into purchasing the wrong book! Oh well--guess I'll just have to buy another cookbook. ;-)

              1. re: Goblin

                Goblin, you'll love Molto Italiano too, though. Go back to the archives to see all the great dishes we made when it was COTM.

                1. re: Gio

                  Just a quick post about a fab recipe in Molto Italiano, since it was mentioned here. Dunno if it was discussed in the earlier thread...maybe I did and forgot.

                  Try the chicken liver spread on toast recipe. Out of this world. Anchovies, capers, tomatoes, etc.

                  1. re: oakjoan

                    Thanks for the recomendation, OJ... I Love chicken livers...

                2. re: Goblin

                  Yeah, that is a fun book. I don't think you'll regret having bought it.

              2. re: Goblin

                Try the cacciatore in Molto Italiano, Goblin. It won me my first-ever paid catering gig when I brought it to a work potluck and a colleague tried it, adored it, and asked me to make it for her supper club!

                1. re: twilight goddess

                  Thank you, twilight goddess, for the recommendation. I"m looking and (with my limited knowledge of Italian) I find a recipe for in Cacciucco (p 259 of Molto Italano) but no recipe for cacciatore. I'm sure I'm missing it--

                  1. re: Goblin

                    Pollo alla Cacciatora aka Hunter's Style Chicken, p 322 Molto Italiano

              3. Oh, how fun, I have Molto Gusto!

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                1. re: jaykayen

                  FYI, I just came home from the Sur la Table in Santa Monica with a Mario Batali piestra in hand. They seem to be out of stock everywhere but Sur la Table has them on clearance for $29.99. As of tonight, they had 1 more on their shelf.

                  I read online from several sources that the piestra has a reputation for cracking. I am going to chance it. If it breaks, I am sure Sur la Table will take it back.

                2. Caitlin - what a job you've done, thanks so much! Got back from Europe after 22 hours of travel time Thursday night and I'm just now getting it together. NOTICE: August would be the last month of my six-month service, so if anyone would like to volunteer starting in September, please let us know. Since I didn't do much for this month, I can extend myself to September if need be. The only thing that could be in my way would be tropical weather, and we won't count on that! Again: thank you Caitlin McGrath so much!

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                  1. re: bayoucook

                    Hi Bayoucook. I've already offered my services, so you (and everyone else) are off the hook for 6 more months.

                    1. re: LulusMom

                      yea LulusMom! Thank you so much.

                      1. re: smtucker

                        Definitely my turn, and definitely my pleasure. Please forgive any gaffes (martini-inspired or not).

                      2. re: LulusMom

                        Thanks LulusMom! It should be a fun, informative, six months.

                        1. re: bayoucook

                          Always up for fun, and for learning. Lulu will be starting kindergarten in September, leaving me a few hours more of free time each week. Mostly I feel like it is my turn to step up to bat, but will appreciate any and all tips, help, hints on how to best do this. And thanks to everyone for the thank yous - but please, I really feel so great to be able to help. Caitlin has promised to help, and knowing what an amazing job she did, I feel in good hands.