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- Release date: Mondays
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- Available: International, U.S. & Canada
Mario Batali (mariobatali.com), the critically acclaimed chef, restaurateur, award-winning author and television personality, will write two columns every month over the course of the 2012 calendar year. The columns will run 650-700 words and be inspired by his cookbook, “Molto Batali: Simple Family Dinners from My Home to Yours” (Ecco, 2011).
The columns will be accompanied by images from “Molto Batali” as well as original material, such as anecdotes, tips about sourcing and ingredients, and helpful techniques. Like the book, the columns emphasize Batali’s philosophy about the importance of family time and the value of dining together.
His column is available as an individual feature and also distributed as part of the Entrée Feature Package.
Mario Batali Samples
For the next 12 months, I’ll be inviting you to my table. Sharing stories, anecdotes, lessons from the kitchen and, of course, recipes from my new cookbook, “Molto Batali” (Ecco, 2011). And it’s all about family meals.
It’s tough to ask families to come together for supper everyday. With homework, soccer, baseball, football and basketball — not to mention two or three jobs — life gets in the way. But it’s important to make time. Start with one day a week. Chose your family’s favorite dish, say, meatloaf, and make it every Tuesday. Trust me, everyone will naturally start to build their schedule around the meal. It’s about a subtle shift in mentality.
I have long been a proponent of meat, often expounding on the virtues of pig fat and beef cheek. However, I do not hesitate to declare, in black and white, that there is very little more delicious than a perfectly ripe fruit or vegetable. In an interview with "60 Minutes" last year, my friend and constant inspiration, José Andrés, called meat "overrated." He added, "I believe the future is vegetables and fruits."
I do not think that meat is overrated per se. It's delicious every now and then, especially a good hamburger. It is, however, overused, and not out of malice or foolishness but out of habit, and is the centerpiece of most tables in America for most of our meals. But I do agree with Chef Andrés' sentiment that its reign at the center of the plate is waning. Fruits and vegetables are undeniably the future of sustainability and of healthy eating and nutrition in this country and eventually the world. In the words of the sage and excellent writer Michael Pollan, "Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants."
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