19 November 2014
Hardbound and with gilt letters stamped on a maroon expanse. Vieni in Italia con me (the English version is called Never Trust a Skinny Italian Chef) is the first book by Massimo Bottura, the chef from Modena crowned with three coveted Michelin stars and patron of the Osteria Francescana. In its form and content, the volume represents a sort of holy scripture celebrating twenty-five years of experience and the successes of the most important and highly regarded of our cooks. As the Italian title, “Come to Italy with Me,” suggests, it is a collection of deeply Italian recipes, and Bottura reveals what goes on behind the scenes and his recurrent dialogue with contemporary art. And two artists, Stefano Graziani and Carlo Benvenuto, have been entrusted with the task of translating the master chef’s actions into images, capturing the comings and goings in the kitchen and the busiest hours of the day in which dishes are created and land on customers’ tables. Alongside these photographs are set shots revealing Bottura’s inner world, taken from an album that contains his points of reference. The four chapters unwind through 50 recipes, accompanied by inspirations, techniques and texts edited by the chef, which take the reader on a journey exploring gastronomic traditions and transformations. Massimo Bottura’s journey in Italy. Published by L’ippocampo and Phaidon.