Before digging into any of the dozen-plus featured antipasti, Batali offers several specialty aperitivi, including the refreshing Blood Orange Bellini. Two of Babbo's signature dishes, Mint Love Letters with Spicy Lamb Sausage (little ravioli stuffed with a filling of sweet peas, mint, heavy cream, and Parmigiano-Reggiano) and Beef Cheek Ravioli (so good the book recommends doubling the filling and freezing a batch), are broken down and made more than accessible to the home cook. Other exceptional pasta options include Pumpkin Lune with Butter and Sage (finished with a dusting of Parmigiano-Reggiano and amaretti cookie crumbs) and Gnocchi with Oxtail Ragù (a reinterpretation of a Batali family classic, still served at Salumi, his father's must-visit Seattle shop). Chapters "Mare (From the Sea)" and "Terra e Bosco (From the Earth and Forest)" offer Crispy Black Bass with Endive Marmellata and Saffron Vinaigrette ("'crispy' sells more food than a barrage of adjectives," Batali reveals) and a succulent Osso Buco with Toasted Pine Nut Gremolata. There's a wonderful section on pre-desserts and cheese, and in "Dolci" pastry chef Gina DePalma wraps things up with Maple and Mascarpone Cheesecake, Meyer Lemon Semifreddo, and a tempting cookie plate.
The Babbo Cookbook is a gorgeous affair--nearly every recipe is accompanied by a color photo of the finished dish. Batali is an intelligent and inspiring guide throughout the book, and Babbo co-owner Joseph Bastianich (who cowrote the terrific Vino Italiano with Babbo wine director David Lynch) provides detailed notes on their topnotch table and wine service. Some of the recipes may seem daunting to tentative home cooks (the recipe for Warm Testa with Waxy Potatoes opens with "Place the pig's head in a large pot with water"), but Batali recognizes that readers don't have the benefit of being backed by a kitchen staff and offers tips and modifications to turn out a version of the dish as close as possible to the real deal. Whether you choose to cook your way through one recipe at a time or attempt to turn out an entire tasting menu for a special occasion, Batali's Babbo Cookbook is a keeper--a book you'll turn to again and again. --Brad Thomas Parsons
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A gift for my daughter, the restauranteur, who's own BABBO was destroyed . I was happy to find one of her favorite cook books and give it to her in such a speedy manner.Published 5 months ago by Carla stefani
WOULD RECOMMEND THIS SITE, BOOK AND SIGNATURE ARE PERFECT. THE BOOK DOESN'T APPEAR TO HAVE BEEN OPENED OTHER THAN TO SIGN.
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Accurate recipes for tasty food. Includes the recipe for 'Mint Love Letters' and if you follow the recipe yours will taste as good as the ones you first tasted at Babbo.Published 9 months ago by K. A. Schalk
This was auctioned off at Emeril's big annual charity dinner, Mario was a guest chef there too!! Auction lot included 20 specialty chef cookbooks.Published 22 months ago by Alana
I love Mario Batali and like this book a lot because it's full of good ideas, has good pictures, and it's well organized. The only problem is there are quite a few mistakes. Read morePublished on April 8, 2011 by Kevyn Allard
Babbo provides a lot of upscale and time consuming recipes that do come out very well if you have the time. Read morePublished on November 14, 2010 by Lehigh History Student
My friend got engaged at Babbo Rest, in NYC. I thought this would be a wonderful book and memory of that evening. She loved it.Published on June 9, 2010 by Lois A. Brumback
After enjoying Batali's "love letters" at his B & B Ristorante at the Palazzo in Las Vegas, I knew I would want to make this dish for my family. Read morePublished on March 25, 2010 by Ready Reviewer