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The Babbo Cookbook by Mario  Batali
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From: Jung
Category: Books
Date: 19 January 2003

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Babbo is a famous Italian restaurant in New York run by Mario Batali, a fat tv chef with a ponytail and believer in good eating. There are no recipes for eggplant and some for baby octopus and pigs cheek and veal. The pictures in the book perplexing often seem to show burnt toast (bruschetta). All the dishes are served in the eponymous restaurant. I haven't yet made anything but the instructions seem less difficult than the ingredients. But I like the Babbo idea of great intense meals, even though the range of exotica required slightly contradicts the idea of getting local produce from farmers markets. I am also growing bored with sophisticated twists on peasant food. The time is ripe to return to the heights of classical French Cuisine!

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