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Batali's version of the famous Italian seafood extravaganza traditionally served on Christmas Eve--known as the Feast of Seven Fishes--includes no fewer than 15 enticing dishes. Marinated Fresh Anchovies are both surprisingly delectable and delightful in their simplicity. Salt Cod with Capers and Mint, Grilled Lobster with Herbs and Arugula, and Sea Bass Ravioli with Marjoram and Potatoes would each be showstoppers as the centerpiece of any meal. Served together, they comprise a truly unforgettable feast.
The Christmas Day menu is equally lavish, centering on a succulent boned turkey breast stuffed with chestnuts and prunes, while the New Year's Day spread is pure decadence. The latter begins innocently enough, with a refreshing aperitivo of tangerine juice, Compari, and soda, then proceeds through a parade of richly flavored dishes, from the hot-pepper-spiked Octopus in the Style of the Prostitutes of Napoli, to the meatball-filled "mythic pasta dome" known as Timpano di Maccheroni, to the prosciutto-wrapped Braised Pork Roll. An irresistible selection of dolci (sweets), including Cinnamon Chocolate Pudding with Pine Nuts and Waffle Cookies, rounds out the meal. New Year's Day welcomes a relaxed daylong open house replete with an ever-changing spread of antipasti, pasta, and dolci, most of which can be prepared at leisure and served at room temperature, enabling the hosts to enjoy the party as much as the guests.
Photos, along with helpful wine suggestions and practical advice on technique, accompany each menu. Throughout, Batali paints a portrait of his Italian-American family that reminds readers that the simple joy of being together is what the holidays are really about. The 60 simple yet elegant recipes can be mixed, matched, and adapted for any occasion. Served together or separately, each is cause for celebration. --Robin Donovan
Very, very traditional. If you are looking for a cookbook that speaks to how Italy celebrates the holidays with food...this is it. It is a small book, not like his others.Published 1 month ago by Deblyn
Contents of the book are great ,a 5 , but its a LIBRARY book. So the price is right but be aware it has library markings all over it, plastic cover, sleeve for library card inside... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Massimo
I love this book. It has given me many ideas to make the holiday special. Mario Batali has embraced his culture and generously shared it with us.Published 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
The recipes in here are awesome!! I have loved Mario Batali since Molto Mario, way before the Chew and this is a beautiful Holiday Cook Book. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Cynthia J. Atkins
I love Mario Batali s cookbooks this contains Italian Christmas foods , not what I was expecting as seafood is the major
ingredient and pasta . Read more
I love this little book. It has some really nice photography. I like how the chapters are laid out as an entire meal or experience for a holiday vs a chapter on appetizers, main... Read morePublished on April 26, 2013 by RhondaCaudill