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Heat: An Amateur’s Adventures as Kitchen Slave, Line Cook, Pasta-Maker, and Apprentice to a Dante-Quoting Butcher in Tuscany (Bill Buford)—Journalist-turned-soux chef Bill Buford describes his “sabbatical year” working with two of the world’s most famous chefs: Mario Battelli and Dario Cecchini (Tuscany’s co-called “poet-butcher”). The interest in the book lies in the descriptions of “Italian food”: early on, describing the work at Battelli’s Babbo, Buford has Battelli recount his own pilgrimage to Italy to find the Italian cuisine…a cuisine which resembles only vaguely what Battelli puts on the table in his restaurant. Buford’s own trip to Tuscany, and his subsequent apprenticeships with Cecchini, occupy the second half of the book. While his portrait of Cecchini is exaggerated, written to make the already larger-than-life butcher look histrionic, the discussion of the (for Cecchini, only relative) importance of the race of a cow to the taste of its meat is interesting. ZN

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Posted October 5, 2010 by zachmon in Uncategorized

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