From growing up in a Florentine housing project to charming millions on Top Chef, Italian chef Fabio Viviani blends his amazing personal story with his favorite recipes from his home country.
Fabio Viviani, former Top Chef contestant and host of "Chow Ciao!," shares the best of Italian home cooking while telling the story of his hardscrabble Italian childhood, subsequent success upon arrival in United States, and the women in his life--his mother and great-grandmother--who taught him to cook and inspired him.
Showcasing the very best in Italian home cooking, the book will feature over 150 recipes with stories, including Viviani staples (Italian Apple Cake, 7 Flavors Meat), restaurant favorites (Gnocchi, the Perfect Tiramisu), and recipes from his travels and apprenticeships across different regions of Italy (Braised Ossobuco from Piedmont, the Perfect Meat Sauce from Emilia Romagna). It will also feature 80 photos of mouth-watering pastas, sauces, and desserts, as well as of Viviani cooking and entertaining. Childhood snapshots, recipe cards, and other childhood memorabilia will provide a glimpse into his hardscrabble upbringing in Italy and how his family fostered his love of food.
With Viviani’s entertaining style and easy-to-follow recipes, the book is the perfect introduction for novice cooks looking to make traditional Italian favorites, as well as a few unique recipes from the Viviani family cookbook.