Mario Batali Combines Travel and Food in The Big American Cookbook

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The Big American Cookbook

Veteran public administrator David Frasher, who currently serves as City Manager of Hot Springs, Arkansas, enjoys cooking when not at work. For inspiration, David Frasher follows renowned chefs including Mario Batali, on their cooking and traveling journeys.

Mario Batali, an American chef, specializes in Spanish and Italian foods. His education took him from Madrid to Rutgers University to Le Cordon Bleu in London. Eventually, he apprenticed with Marco Pierre White, a legendary chef in London. He then traveled to Borgo Capanne, a village in Italy, where he learned the secrets of great Italian food. Today, he is one of the most famous chefs in the world, with more than 10 cookbooks to his name.

Batali’s latest project combines cooking and traveling: The Big American Cookbook. Batali traveled the US for the best recipes, visiting church socials, state fairs, and ethnic circles. He discovered the best gumbos from the Gulf Coast, BBQ secrets from the South, and berry pies from the West Coast. When inspired, he amended the traditional recipes with his own variations. The result is a collection of more than 250 recipes that witness to Batali’s signature freshness and simplicity.


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