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Author Archives: Mario Batali

AIN’T LIFE SWEET (POTATOES)

You may not recognize a sweet potato in its original form. The species is better known topped with marshmallows or boiled and drizzled with molasses. Sweet potatoes are a guest at the Thanksgiving table almost as reliable as the venerable turkey.   Sweet potatoes are long, starchy root vegetables that appear in two main varieties:…

A Kernel, and the Truth

Standing at the farmers market a couple of weeks ago, looking at a pile of corn, I was kind of sad.   Jim Crawford, the farmer at New Morning Farm in Hustontown, Pa., and the proprietor of this stand in Washington, D.C., had just told me that next week would be the last week for…

Watch This Cook This!

    WATCH THIS: HOW TO blanch COOK THIS: Broccoli with pecorino romano

From Texas to Tampa…

“The next culinary rock star isn’t going to be a chef, it’s going to be a farmer.” “Who’s going to be the next rock-star chef?”   The question, directed at Mario, came out at a late-night gab session after an event in Fort Worth, Texas. It was chilly outside, there were hot fires, cold beverages…

Football Fare

Looking to elevate your Sunday football fare? There’s simply nothing better than eating hot food over a fire, beer in hand, in anticipation of a sporting event.   Mozzarella in Carozza is grilled cheese as an Italian would make it. It is as simple as the Proustian grilled cheese of your childhood, with ingredients that bring it…

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    WATCH THIS: How To Make Homemade Stock   COOK THIS: Beef Short Ribs Braised in Chestnut Beer

The Batali Inquisition: Nigella Lawson

  When is your favorite time of day? Early evening on a night I’m not going out – to be celebrated with a cup of tea or a vodka martini (straight up with a twist). Depending on my fancy, a good book and with some kitchen pottering and a delicious dinner on the horizon.   Where…

Gimme A Beet!

I don’t think I’ve ever been to a farmers’ market when I didn’t see beets. This could go a long way to explaining why I like farmers’ markets so much.   Corn and tomatoes are around for a few glorious months. Cherries and strawberries are at their peak for just a couple of weeks. Other…

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    WATCH THIS: TRIM A RIB RACK   COOK THIS: ROASTED RACK OF VEAL WITH ORANGE AND HERBS  

Iconic Hotel Bars

  In addition to the magic of a well-made drink, there is something truly special about hotel bars, especially the ones that stand the test of time and offer something unique or transporting, like the Four Seasons in New York. Here are five other iconic bars around the world that come to mind.    …

Umami: Everything Right about Fall

Even though summer has not quite ended, I’m already mourning the end of tomato season and the sheer bounty of produce available at the market. But the beauty of the Hudson Valley is its variety. A new crop is almost in bloom.   Italians have a love of mushrooms. They have for generations. During autumn…

5 Ways To Use Gremolata

    Just made a batch of gremolata for Osso Bucco and not sure what to do with the rest? Don’t chuck it. Though gremolata, made from parsley, lemon zest, and toasted pine nuts is traditionally served atop Italian braised veal shanks to add zest and a final dash of flavor, the condiment can also be…