Monday, January 25, 2010

Babbo: The Cookbook

This book is a great overview about the food Mario prepares. Babbo Ristorante serves dishes that are complex in flavor and beautiful in presentation, and the cookbook reveals this style with pinpoint accuracy. It has brilliantly bright food photography. I love the pages of thematic recipes, including a page on oils with six different infused oils. So you can go to this page and see a panoply of ideas. Also notable about Babbo The Cookbook, is that Mario talks about the importance of wine service in a restaurant, something many chefs just take for granted.
This cookbook has been very important to Five & Ten and how we cook food, present our dishes and serve our wine. Through the years Mario has helped us move away from a lot of the French influences and embrace Italian styles and techniques.
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