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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Hyperion (April 23, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401312772
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401312770
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.4 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (105 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #122,682 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Born in Florence, Italy, Fabio Viviani began working at Il Pallaio, a Trattoria in Firenze, at the age of 14. Viviani thrived in the high pressure environment and managed to become sous chef two years later. He moved to Ventura County, California at the age of 27 and now works as the owner and executive chef of Cafe Firenze, a renowned Italian restaurant in Moorpark, California, and Firenze Osteria, a popular Los Angeles Italian eatery. He appeared on season 5 of Top Chef and earned a place among the final four contestants. Before he was eliminated from the competition, he was named "Fan Favorite." Viviani returned to Bravo in 2010 to compete in their Top Chef All Stars edition and will appear on Life After Top Chef in fall 2012.

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The recipes were easy and they tasted great!
Buttercup
After making several recipes, we are very happy that I chose this treasure of a cookbook.
Geraldine Ahearn
I love Fabio's family recipes and enjoy his wonderful sense of humor as well.
Mary Morgan Clark

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I have followed Fabio Viviani's cooking career as a chef for many years, inspired by his delightful stories of tradition, and bringing friends and family together. This cookbook is entertaining, and much more than just a book of recipes. His childhood and the story of where it all began is interesting and moving as he reveals family secrets for generations. I grew up on Italian food, and learned to cook it from my dad, and my grandfather. Many of my relatives were from Italy, and I used their recipes, learning Italian cooking while growing up in NY. The author's recipes are incredible, filled with sweet flavor, with an aroma you can smell miles away. The author highlights the importance of 3 special ingredients that should always be on hand: fresh garlic, sage, and rosemary for flavor that makes a huge difference when you are ready to simmer home-made pasta sauce. The Home-made Ricotta is out of this world, and just as tasty as my grandfather's recipe. It simply melts in your mouth, with delicious flavor. There are over 100 recipes to choose from, and I couldn't wait to dive in, knowing I will not be disappointed in the least. I enjoy cooking a variety of Meat Sauces, and the recipes for Fabio Viviani's are well-worth the time and effort. There are recipes for a variety of dinners, lunch, desserts, and more. The colorful photos are inviting as well as the recipes. Each week, my daughter and I will try another recipe together as we have fun preparing and serving. An update: I cannot believe the inspiration one gets from his heartwarming stories. The more I use this book, the more enjoyable and entertaining it becomes. It has now become my favorite for Italian cooking. Recently, I made the FOUR-CHEESE AND SAUSAGE PENNE. The dish is divine, and tastes like you just ate in Italy.Read more ›
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Mariah Cohen on April 24, 2013
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I have more than 100 cookbooks in my bookcase. Never have I ever sat and read one like a novel! I was laughing so hard I was crying! How a little rascal kid can turn out so well! There is hope for all of us moms with crazy boys!

The recipes are wonderful. I made so many from his show and now I have them all in one place so no more screen shots of recipes!

I am going to cook my way through it...page by page. I can't wait!!
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I wanted to check out Fabio's Italian Kitchen cookbook because one I am familiar with who he is and two...me and my husband love to eat Italian food. Of course just like most American's it is the "fake" Italian food that you get in the cans and off the store shelves. Then you come home throw the pasta in boiling water and heat up the pasta sauce. So after getting a copy of this cookbook, I am very excited to start learning how to make "real" Italian food. Plus, the tips and notes that Fabio gave throughout this book I found to be helpful. Some of the recipes in this book that I want to try out are:

Homemade ricotta, pesto gnocchi, butternut squash-filled roasted pork loin, grandma's canned tuna, fried rosemary chicken (remember if you don't have all three of the important ingredients...rosemary, garlic, and sage, then you won't be making roasted chicken, this is Fabio's family's way.), fried fresh mushrooms, Fabio's mom's tiramisu, ricotta chocolate chip fritters, and olive bread. Best part of these recipes is that there are not many ingredients.

What really made this cookbook for me and it was not all of the yummy recipes but all of the stories. I enjoyed getting to know Fabio, his family and what his childhood was like. I only knew what I know about Fabio from television. Which as we all know is not a true portrait of the real person. I fell in love more with Fabio after reading this book. You have got to pick up a copy for yourself.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Buttercup on June 16, 2013
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I have been a fan of Fabio since Top Chef (New York) and was excited to see he had come out with a cookbook. Tonight I tried Fabio's Tomato Sauce with Oil and Garlic and Fabio's Mom's Meatballs. The recipes were easy and they tasted great! As previous reviewers have stated, I have found certain recipes that Fabio had previously posted online on his personal site or the Chow Ciao website, but the majority of the recipes are new to me. Of the 100+ recipes, one can find a meal for everyday or special occasions - it is up to the individual and their time constraints. My next goal is to try my hand at raviolis. I am grateful he included multiple photos showing step by step how to fold each particular ravioli. Most recipes are accompanied by a photo of the finished product, however not all recipes have a photo. The majority of ingredients are easy to find in your local grocery store. Each recipe includes the Italian name which I think is great since I plan to cook some of these dishes for guests and plan to say the name in Italian for an extra flair - how can you not be impressed when a hostess busts out with "and tonight we will dine on Risotto ai Gamberi," as opposed to Risotto with Shrimp and Pancetta...yes, everything sounds better in Italian.

I did find some downsides to this cookbook - nothing to stop me from using it but to note to others. The book is paperback (which is noted in the product description) but it is kinda of a pain to use when cooking if you don't have a cookbook holder. For future efforts, I hope Fabio goes with a hardbound option. I found a couple of recipes that had either a typo or a lack of clarification. For someone that cooks frequently it is something that they can figure out, but for someone that is new to cooking it may cause some problems.
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