Friday, December 12, 2014

Snapshot of the Day - Chef Massimo Bottura - Never Trust a Skinny Italian Chef

Chef Massimo Bottura
Earlier this week my amico Maurizio Cortese hosted an invitation only book signing/light lecture/chef junkie festa in Naples featuring  Chef Massimo Bottura of Osteria Francescana. Bottura is from  Modena which is located  up north, a bit far for this Campania blogger.  So although I was familiar with this 3 star Michelin chef, I have never had the opportunity to sit down a casa sua and try any of the dishes he has become famous for.
Never Trust a Skinny Italian Chef,  Bottura's book available in English and Italian (Vieni in Italia con Me) has been on the top ten lists in Italy and the states since its release last October. Honestly, I was curious.  Curious about what made this book special, different, interessante.  What made this book such an international hit.
And after 90 minutes ish of listening to Bottura (Italy's top chef...number 3 in the world!) speak  about his history, his country's traditions, his philosophy, and above all - witnessing his passion from the fourth row, I understood why.  I understood perche'.
Never Trust a Skinny Italian Chef by Massimo Bottura will be under my Christmas tree this year.  Part one of a gift to myself.
Part two will have to wait until the spring.
When I finally hop on a train to Modena and have dinner at Osteria Francescana.
And ask the chef to sign my book.

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