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Eating Italy: A Chef's Culinary Adventure [Hardcover]

Jeff Michaud , David Joachim

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Book Description

Sept. 24 2013
Before award-winning chef Jeff Michaud ever opened the doors of his acclaimed Philadelphia restaurants, he spent three years in northern Italy as a culinary apprentice to master butchers and chefs, immersing himself in the culture and cuisine of the old country. It is safe to say that he never anticipated the romance that would ensue. 'Eating Italy' is a delicious, funny, and mesmerizing spin through the boot, teaching true heirloom techniques and telling Jeff 's culinary and personal love story (he met his wife when she came into the restaurant one night for dinner, and to this day, he hasn't forgotten what she ordered).
Part inventive cookbook, part travel narrative, each chapter of 'Eating Italy' explores a village or town in northern Italy, unveiling the unique culinary and cultural experience it has to offer. The reader experiences his journey from "Paladina: The Butcher's Apprentice" to "Trescore Balneario: Our Big Italian Wedding" in dishes like Apricot and Chanterelle Salad, Swordfish Pancetta with Fennel Zeppole, Pheasant Lasagne, and Blood Orange Crostata with Bitter Chocolate. Each authentic recipe serves to mark his professional growth, learningfrom some of the most skilled chefs in Italy. Vivid photography of Italian culture, people, and landscapes are dispersed throughout, allowing the reader a glimpse of northern Italia from a kitchen far away.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Running Press (Sept. 24 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0762445874
  • ISBN-13: 978-0762445875
  • Product Dimensions: 27.9 x 23.6 x 2.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 Kg
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #261,381 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“The recipes in Michaud's book are set in a winning narrative (crafted by food writer David Joachim), affecting accounts of his awe and delight at the markets and cafes and haunts he visits.”
—The Philadelphia Inquirer

“Eating Italy is a reminder that cookbooks are not just collections of recipes. Sure, when it comes down to it, replicating the warm beef carpaccio with roasted mushrooms that is often a special at Alla Spina is a draw, but diving into Michaud’s culinary journey is just as appealing.”
—Philadelphia City Paper

“Go on a virtual journey with Michaud by delving into his new book, Eating Italy: A Chef’s Culinary Adventure.

An impressive collection of Italian cookery, Michaud employs the best of Italian fare in his recipes while amorously sharing his poignant journey of the heart that inspired them. Eating Italy illuminates beautifully the enchantments found in its food, landscape, and people.
—Joe Bastianich, renowned restaurateur and winemaker

“Jeff has created a wonderfully fun and refreshing Italian cookbook which takes you on a journey through his formative years as a cook to the chef he is today. His recipes are updated for the times and are also super-delicious!” 
—April Bloomfield, Michelin-starred Executive Chef of The Spotted Pig, and author of A Girl and Her Pig

“I once had the privilege of a long afternoon lunch outside of Bergamo with Jeff and Claudia, Mark Vetri, and all the aunts and uncles. After an amazing lunch of boar salumi, crispelle, meat grilled on the hearth, and polenta, a nap was in order. Jeff's mother in law covered me with a zebra-print blanket, and I slept and dreamt of the amazing lunch and of Italy's incredible bounty. As I page through eating Italy, I am instantly transformed back to that country house, where my eyes were truly opened to the elegance of true simplicity. In Eating Italy, Jeff has created a roadmap that explores the rustic, creative, and simple elegance that is Italy!”
—Paul Kahan, Owner and Executive Chef of Blackbird, avec, The Publican, Big Star and Publican Quality Meats

“We devoured Eating Italy! Jeff Michaud's story—how a restless, New Hampshire-born sous-chef launched himself on a tour of Northern Italian towns as a stagier to butchers and brilliant Michelin-starred chefs and ended up meeting the love of his life-- has the triumphant, lyrical spirit of Frances Mayes. And Michaud’s recipes for robust, simple, refined dishes, like Pheasant Lasagne and Grilled Sardines with Celery Salad, pack the avuncular, precise instructional force of the greats: Hazan, Bastianich, and Batali. Lovers of Italy and cooking will find this volume totally irresistible.”
—Matt Lee and Ted Lee, authors of The Lee Bros. Charleston Kitchen

“A great restaurant just doesn't pop up. It is built on the gastronomic history of its chef. In EATING ITALY, Jeff Michaud takes us along on his culinary awakening journey, and the result is a vivid tour of Italy's gems with brilliant recipes born from his wonderful eating adventures.”
—Nancy Silverton, Los Angeles restaurateur and author of The Mozza Cookbook

“If you cannot go to Italy, go to Philadelphia!  Jeff Michaud's cuisine is the real deal. . . and so is he. You can taste his passion, which is why I am a regular customer. This book explains how he got there. I enjoyed the ride, minus the jet lag!”
—Marc Summers, Host of Unwrapped and Executive Producer of Restaurant Impossible

“Jeff is one of the country’s great young chefs.  His love and knowledge of not only the food of Italy but also its culture is unmatched. EATING ITALY is his love letter to the country he has so much passion for.  Reading this beautiful book with its wonderful pictures and recipes was like being there with him. There is nothing like a trip through Italy, but this book will get you close.”
—Michael Symon, Iron Chef and restaurateur

“Jeff and I have become good friends over the past few years. Reading his simply delicious new book EATING ITALY helped me truly understand why we are friends. We both adore the northern region of Italy: Cinque Terre, Barbaresco, Alme, and Venezia. Jeff's book is the first of its kind that not only captures the spirit of this incredibly rich culinary region, it also quite frankly embodies the excitement of tartuffi bianci, bold, roasted meats and poultry, and the impossibly intricate pastas that are so terrific and intrinsically northern. This is a love story not just about food and wine, but more importantly a personal one: Jeff found both his passion and his wife in Italy. Not bad for a boy from New Hampshire.”
—Jonathan Waxman, New York chef and owner of Barbuto

About the Author

Jeff Michaud is chef and co-owner at Osteria Restaurant, Amis Restaurant, and Alla Spina, all in Philadelphia, and a partner of the Vetri Restaurant Group.  He is also a member of the Vetri Foundation for Children board of directors.  In 2008, The James Beard Foundation nominated Osteria for Best New Restaurant and in 2010, Jeff won the James Beard Award for Best Mid-Atlantic Chef. He lives in Philadelphia with his wife Claudia and their daughter Gaia.

Food writer David Joachim has authored, edited or collaborated on more than 35 cookbooks, including multiple IACP award winners, James Beard award winners, and 'New York Times' Bestsellers. His 'A Man A Can A Plan' series of books has sold more than 1 million copies. He lives near Philadelphia.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great recipes and stories Nov. 16 2013
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The stories in the book are as good as the recipes. I'm no chef, but I made one the fish dishes for a family party and it turned out awesome. Of the 3 pounds of halibut and 2 pounds of mussels I prepared none remained after dinner. This is a great reading book for even those who don't want to cook anything (even though you totally should!).
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Story, even better Cookbook Oct. 31 2013
By Anthony C. Dimarco - Published on
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This is an inspirational story of a chef honing his passion throughout his experiences in Italy. Cookbooks are usually one-sided recipe listings, Eating Italy engages the reader with a history behind the food creations.
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very proud parents!! Nov. 2 2013
By Thomas N. Michaud - Published on
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It was excellent and the story is amazing. So proud of my son who wrote this book! Recipes are fantastic!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really great story and recipes Feb. 11 2014
By Scott Barnes - Published on
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I enjoy cooking as much as I do learning and meeting peoples in different places around the world. Italy is one of my favorite places, especially the northern parts. The book Eating Italy is as much about how we become part of a place where we find ourselves, as much as it is about a love story, as much as it is about the wonders of cooking.

If you are just looking for some recipes, you will miss out on the essence of this book. If on the other hand you would like to enjoy a great tale of transformation and love, then you will love this book.

I rated this book 5 stars because of the great story, but more so because cooking is about journeys, love and because when we cook we give a part of ourselves to those who eat our preparations. Life is about journeys and this is one fantastic tale of one of those journeys.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gave it for a gift Jan. 18 2014
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My sister loves it. She is planning a trip to Italy and it was a perfect gift for someone who loves to cook but also because the author describes his own adventures in Italy.

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