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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Sporting News (April 4, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0892048468
  • ISBN-13: 978-0892048465
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #256,215 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

With tailgate parties that sometimes last for days, NASCAR fans do their share of gathering around for simple, hearty meals cooked and served outdoors. Food Network star and restaurateur Batali is apparently fond of such rituals, and in this little cookbook he presents food for the races, with Southern-style grilled meats in the starring role. The chef provides several recipes for barbecued chicken wings, burgers and ribs, all of which can be enjoyed in a parking lot or a backyard. Some dishes have an ethnic twist, such as Queso Fundido (a "Mexican cheese concoction") and Thai Flank Steak. Many are standard crowd pleasers, like sausage and peppers, guacamole, coleslaw and refried beans. While the recipes are solid, few deliver anything unexpected; the rare gems include Grilled Tequila and Chipotle-Rubbed Lamb, Soft-Shelled Crab Sandwiches with Spicy Tartar Sauce, and Corn and Sweet Onion Salad. Illustrated with photos of racegoers and drivers (and their arm candy), the book is peppered with racetrack analogies ("A minor variation can make all the difference in a race. The same can be said of salting a steak before grilling it"). More a celebration of the camaraderie at the track than a cookbook, this should be a hit with NASCAR fans. (May)
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About the Author

Mario Batali is the James Beard Award-winning author of eight cookbooks, including Molto Batali, Molto Gusto, Molto Italiano, and Spain...A Culinary Road Trip, as well as the app Mario Batali Cooks! With a host of television shows to his name; fifteen restaurants; and Eataly, a fifty-thouasand-square-foot Italian marketplace in New York City's Flatiron District that he co-owns with his partner, Joe Bastianich, Mario Batali is one of the most recognized and most respected chefs working in America today. Mario splits his time between New York City's Greenwich Village and northern Michigan with his wife and their two sons.

Customer Reviews

The book is easy to use and understand.
A. Rheda Wilson Duff
`Mario Tailgates NASCAR Style' is a NASCAR published book by chef extraordinare, Mario Batali.
B. Marold
I bought the book for my husband, turned out to be the best thing I did.
Donna Goutermont

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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful By B. Marold HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on April 26, 2006
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`Mario Tailgates NASCAR Style' is a NASCAR published book by chef extraordinare, Mario Batali. To those who are not foodies and are unaware of cookbooks, chefs, and the Food Network, and who happen to be in this swim simply because of the label `NASCAR', let me reassure you that in his culinary world, Mario Batali is serious mojo. Among chefs, among chefs, he has achieved the equivalent of winning the Nextel cup twice and built up a racing team comparable to that of the Petty or Andretti families. And, the quality of the recipes in this book demonstrates this skill, even if it is poaching on the territory of fellow `Iron Chef', grillmeister Bobby Flay. But, it would seem from the pics and commentary in this book, Mario is a very serious fan of NASCAR and the kind of tailgating practiced by its fans.

Mario is such an ardent fan that my suspicions that this book was done entirely for the money are put to rest; however, I do believe that the book is just a bit more slipshod in editing and design than it should have been. For example, in the recipe for `Eggs in Hell', Mario cites his `basic tomato sauce' as an ingredient, yet in this book, there is no recipe for this `basic tomato sauce', which is odd, since the recipe is repeated in every one of his other books. I think this is unfortunate since unlike his other books, this one is likely to be bought by people who do not otherwise buy a lot of cookbooks. The least expensive source for the recipe would probably be to look for it on the Food Network web site (foodnetwork.com) or to get his first book, `Simple Italian Food, Recipes from My Two Villages'). Another slip is that only one of his sons' name is in the index, yet both sons' names (Leo and Benno) appear in the text, each associated with a specific recipe.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Donna Goutermont on March 23, 2007
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I bought the book for my husband, turned out to be the best thing I did. He is cooking on the weekends, loves the recipes. They taste great.

The book is great even if you are not a Nascar fan.

They have recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner even deserts. Quick and easy meals to prepare.

Would recommended the book to everyone.
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9 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Genevieve Kazdin on May 18, 2006
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Don't be put off by the NASCAR connection to this book. Batali doesn't let the rest of us -- or food -- down. This is just a different style of food than we are accustomed to from him, but, oh, is it worthwhile! Don't think this book is usable just for tail-gating and don't be discouraged by the outdoor cooking aspect of the recipes.

Not all of us can, for many reasons, take advantage of outdoor grills and we need not feel cheated. Everything here can easily be done indoors. The food is suitable for the kitchen table, the deck, a picnic, or just to bring something special to an everyday family dinner. How about barbecued meat loaf with corn and sweet onion salad? Finish off with Mario's Apple Brown Betty and you have a real pleaser.

Tonight we'll try Leo's Sloppy Joes with creamy cole slaw. The rain is torrential out there so we'll do this inside.

Back to that limoncello vinaigrette - I usually prefer mine over ice, but if anyone will go catch me a snapper, I'll try it. Mario has not led me astray yet, and I trust his ideas.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Noel McFarland on January 9, 2007
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Great recipes, we use it for tailgating and backyard entertaining. Can't beat it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M.M. on January 16, 2007
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I purchased this as a gift for my brother. He is not a NASCAR fan (as I am) but he was looking for a good outdoor grilling cookbook. These receipes are great and for the NASCAR fans there are photos and short stories from the track. In fact, I may end up borrowing this book when I head to the races this year! Overall I would highly recommend this book for anyone looking for great tasting recipes for your backyard barbeque or tailgating at your favorite sporting event.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Hapzydeco on August 28, 2006
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Barbecued Wings Charlotte Style (p. 44) makes this book worth its fantastic Amazon price. Quadrupled the recipe and served the wings to a backyard party of 75 during the 2006 Sharpie 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway. Look forward to preparing more of Mario's tailgating delights.
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11 of 17 people found the following review helpful By J. Ludwick on April 11, 2006
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... and just in time for grilling season too. The recipe for Mario's Kick-ass Barbecue Sauce (p.127) alone is worth the price of admission along with his insight into the subculture existence surrounding NASCAR fans. This book also contains one of the better Alabama White BBQ Sauce (p.41) recipes I've come across. Plenty of exceptional photos to support his recipes and NASCAR activities, though I wish each photo came with a caption to identify the people, time, and race/place. This is a fun grilling cookbook to share with friends and I have to admit that I now view NASCAR races (with my husband) in a much different light.
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just not the concept of a celebrity writing one. At first I didn't think I needed a celebrity telling me what I'd been doing for years. But after meeting Mario at Charlotte, I changed my mind. He really is into NASCAR!

The book is easy to use and understand. Great recipes and in the end I did indeed learn some new things.
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More About the Author

Mario Batali's world now encompasses three New York City restaurants -- Babbo, Lupa, and Esca -- as well as a wine store, The Italian Wine Merchant. He is the host of Food Networks popular Molto Mario, as well as an upcoming new series, Mario Batalis Italy. He lives in New York City with his wife and two sons.

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