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Il Viaggio Di Vetri: A Culinary Journey [Hardcover]

Marc Vetri , David Joachim , Douglas Takeshi Wolfe

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Oct. 1 2008
In 1993, Marc Vetri boarded a plane with a note of introduction in one pocket and a few hundred dollars in the other. He landed in Bergamo, in northern Italy, where he spent the next eighteen months immersed in the soulful cooking and great-hearted hospitality of some of the region’s top chefs and restaurateurs. Four years later he was ready to open his restaurant, Vetri, in Philadelphia, where he continued to develop his style of authentic yet innovative Italian cuisine, gaining acclaim as one of the finest Italian chefs in the country.
 
Il Viaggio di Vetri, Marc’s long-awaited debut cookbook, celebrates the core of great Italian cooking: a superb  meal shared with family and friends. Chapters cover a full range of cold and hot appetizers; pastas and risottos; fish and shellfish; meat; poultry, game, and organ meats; vegetable side dishes; and desserts, giving the home cook more than 120 skillfully presented dishes to choose among, including:
 
Foie Gras Pastrami with Pear Mostarda and Brioche
Squid and Artichoke Galette
Chestnut Fettuccine with Wild Boar Ragu
Olive-Crusted Wild Bass with Confit of Leeks
Pork Rib and Cabbage Stew
Rustic Rabbit with Sage and Pancetta
Fennel and Apricot Salad
Mascarpone Custard with Puff Pastry and Figs
 
Accompanying wine notes by sommelier Jeff Benjamin deliver lively lessons on both the classic and lesser known wines of Italy. Throughout, Marc Vetri shares tales of his cooking apprenticeship in Italy and, with generosity and passion, shows how to bring the lessons he learned there into the home kitchen.

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Starred Review. More than a cookbook, this debut from acclaimed Philadelphia chef/restaurateur Vetri is a guide through the particular Italian cuisine and culture on which he has based his career. In brief memoir-style essays, Vetri describes the Lombardy taverna education that transformed a struggling jazz guitarist with a keen interest in his family's native cuisine into the creator of what some critics have called America's best Italian eateries. Repaying the generosity of his mentors, Vetri opens up his kitchen, too, including his signature dishes: impossibly light spinach gnocchi, sweet onion crepes and rustic stewed rabbit over polenta. Trusty sommelier Jeff Benjamin provides wine notes for each. While Vetri presumes that the reader has a fairly sophisticated palate and an expansive amount of free time to cook, Prep Ahead and Improv tips included for many dishes invite creative variations and allow for the occasional skipped step. And as exotic as veal sweetbreads with rhubarb and crispy brain Milanese might sound, dishes like a cucumber salad spiked with ribbons of preserved lemon or salt-baked whole fish lavished in a truffle-butter sauce are relatively simple. Amateur chefs may have only dreamed of having a culinary journey like Vetri's, but with this book he has given them a reliable key to turning dream into reality. (Oct.)
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"Mark Vetri has the heart and soul of an ancient and serene Italian grandmother, and his cooking shares that soul with each of the guests at his perfect and delicious eponymous ristorante in Philly. Now home cooks can get a slice of that perfection with this magnificent tome of uncompromisingly excellent yet very straightforward recipes from his heart and the hearts of Italian cooks. There is no doubt in my mind that this book will be a classic for decades--an essential for anyone who wants to cook like a real Italian at home."  --Mario Batali, author of Molto Italiano
 
"If I were going to eat one Italian meal in America, it would be at Marc Vetri's place."  --Alan Richman, author of Fork It Over
 
"Like Marc Vetri's food, his new book reflects a philosophy I enthusiastically embrace: honor clarity and simplicity above all, and remain true to yourself by pouring your heart and soul into each and every effort. Marc is clearly inspiring, and when I put his book down, I couldn't decide whether to race to the kitchen or book a flight to Italy!"  --Patricia Wells, author of Vegetable Harvest

"There's a lot the restaurants Osteria and Vetri don't have in common. There's one very lucky thing they do. Both are helmed by Marc Vetri, whose enormous talents have brought him a widespread, fervent regard." --Frank Bruni, New York Times

"Mario Batali loves the place, and so does just about everyone else who's lucky enough to snag one of the 35 seats in this casual but rarefied room." --Gourmet (naming Vetri one of the top 50 restaurants in the country)

"everyone loves Marc's food, hospitality and philosophy: It's all about the cooks and the cooking. No pretension, just genius food." --Dana Corwin, Food & Wine

"Vetri takes Italian food to a new level in the United States." --Michael Bauer, San Francisco Chronicle 

"More than a cookbook, this debut from acclaimed Philadelphia chef/restaurateur Vetri is a guide through the particular Italian cuisine and culture on which he has based his career...Amateur chefs may have only dreamed of having a culinary journey like Vetri's, but with this book he has given them a reliable key to turning dream into reality."—Publisher's Weekly *Starred Review

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5.0 out of 5 stars love it! Jan. 10 2014
By mandog - Published on Amazon.com
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Mark Vetri is simply the best Italian chef in the country, hands down. His food is so simple, clean and full of flavor. He is an amazing person as well. Buy the book or take a trip to Philly to eat at any one of his restaurants.

Franklin Becker
5.0 out of 5 stars Fresh July 23 2013
By Chefone - Published on Amazon.com
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One of the freshest and new style Italian cook books I have read in a long time. Buy this book while you can.
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing cookbook! July 1 2013
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This cookbook is amazing and not for the lazy cook. All the recipes are innovative and very unique to the table. A must have for any serious cook out there who likes a bit of adventure!
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars July 16 2014
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A MASTERPIECE.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a book for every culinary level May 16 2009
By R. Johnson - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a beautiful book filled with recipes to inspire homecooks - from the novice cook to an accomplished pro. You can't help but be inspired by Marc's stories of the people and places that have influenced his appreciation of food. His interpretation of the classic spinach gnocchi is my favorite. It's clean, light and satisfying. One day I'll have to cook and post it on my food blog, CeramicCanvas(DOT)com.

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