When I first picked up America Farm to Table, Mario Batali’s newest cookbook, I was skeptical. Celebrity chefs have that effect on me. When I was younger, I worshipped them from the moment I got cable. I was too young to know people who truly revolutionized cuisine in American, chefs like Alice Waters and Jeremiah Tower; the only celebrity chefs I knew were on the Food Network. My first frying pans had Paula Dean’s face on the packaging and my first knife had Giada De Laurentiis’s name imprinted on the handle. Then the cooking demonstration shows turned into sensational competitions with the same celebrity chefs as hosts and judges. I felt left down. These cooking shows weren’t really about food; it was just more melodramatic reality television for America to gnaw on.
This book was a welcome little surprise. Check out my review of it on Chicagoist.com!