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Molto Gusto: Easy Italian Cooking

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The oddball ingredients stood out to me too as I thumbed through it at the store. I'd have difficulty sourcing much of it and certainly not fresh. The freezer case at the Asian grocer would cover some of the seafood. 

I am commenting only about Brook's comments that some items mentioned in Batali's book are difficult to obtain or obscure.  They are very common here.  I've been using Pomi for years, although I now use other brands, and it's commonly found on the shelves of many supermarkets in the area.

The cacio di Roma, if you're unfamiliar with it, was found with a simple Google search, and quite a few hits turned up.  There are at least two cheese shops within a few minutes of Casa Schmoozer that carry the cheese.

Perhaps, in some areas of the country, it may be difficult to find some ingredients, but with the prevalence of on line searching and ordering, odd or obscure ingredients might be easy to find.  That said, I'd agree that it would be nice to offer the reader some substitutes.  A lot of cook books and cook book authors do that, even for what may be common ingredients.

BTW, Mario has a page on his site that lists and describes many of the ingredients he uses: http://www.mariobatali.com/food_wine_ingredients.cfm
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Molto Gusto: Easy Italian Cooking

Chef Mario Batali's zest for life infuses the casual Italian fare that has made his restaurant Otto Enoteca Pizzeria in New York City a perennially popular destination. Take the taste of Otto home with "Molto Gusto", a collection of recipes for everyone's favorites: pizza, pasta, antipasti, and gelati. Mario writes the definitive book on great pizza making for the amateur, the novice, the foodie, and the gourmet cook, teaching them how to make really great pizza at home without any fancy equipment. Here too are recipes for 'stuffed pizza', including calzone, Stromboli, and pizza rustica from Puglia. Looking for something a little lighter? Try the antipasti. Based on simple seasonal vegetables with a few showcasing seafood and meat, these dishes can make up an entire, healthy meal. Also included are some of Mario's favourite simple pasta dishes, and to finish it all off, five base recipes for gelato, plus dessert variations from Sicily, Naples, and Emilia Romagna. Filled with Mario's infectious personality and robust flavor, "Molto Gusto" makes it easy to spend a night on the town without leaving home.

AuthorMario Batali
Dewey Decimal Number641
List Price$29.99
Number Of Items1
Number Of Pages272
Product GroupBook
Product Type NameABIS_BOOK
Publication Date2010-04-01
TitleMolto Gusto: Easy Italian Cooking
Release Date2010-04-06
Model Name/TypeMPNEAN/UPC
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