Mario Batali’s New Cookbook All About Veggies

Yes, the man known for his love of pork and offal, has come out with a new cookbook that puts the spotlight on fresh, seasonal veggies.

“Molto Gusto” (Ecco) by Mario Batali is not a vegetarian cookbook per se. But the casual, easy dishes are all about using meat as an accent, while nudging vegetables to the forefront instead.

It’s a refreshing, modern sensibility from a celeb chef, who has lost a ton of weight recently, and has even embraced the new “Meatless Mondays” movement, geared toward getting people to eat more vegetables at least once a week.

See that delicious “Pennette with Summer Squash & Ricotta” above, which I made from the book? Even my husband, aka Meat Boy, loved this absolutely-positively meatless dish. What a shock, huh?

It couldn’t be easier to make, either. Try it for yourself. Find the recipe and my review of the cookbook at

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Date: Thursday, 19. August 2010 5:25
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  1. 1

    I love such dishes! A wonderful book.



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  3. 3

    I read about this book coming a few months ago in Food & Wine and could not believe my eyes! I am infinitely amused!

  4. 4

    I’ve been trying to find ways to sneak more veggies so the SO can eat it. He’s not a veggie lover like me; I inhale them like a rabbit. ;)

  5. 5

    It’s so great to hear Mario sing the praises of vegetables. I’m guessing I need to get this book already!

  6. 6

    I believe I read that he has lost a few bajillion pounds, too. That would require looking past the pork, into the produce bins.

    Here’s a picture from 2009:

  7. 7

    So true it’s hard to get men to eat dishes that don’t contain any meat. The only meatless dish my man will eat is spinach and riccotta cannelloni, so I’ll have to give this recipe a go to.

  8. 8

    I like this kind of effortless dish. Simple yet delicious !

  9. 9

    Cookbook all about veggies! Just the one for me :)

  10. 10

    Your pasta looks delicious. I’m curious about this book, I’ll have to look for it.

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    It seems to be the “in” thing these days among celeb chefs to drop weight. This, I think, is a good thing. The food media was swinging too far in the fatty direction lately.

    By the way, House of Annie has moved to its own domain, I’d appreciate it if you changed the link in your blogroll to point to the new site instead of Thanks!

  12. 12

    Nate: Your wish is my command. Consider it done. And congrats on the splashy new version of your blog.

  13. 13

    You have beautiful photography and the book sounds intriguing – I need to eat more veggies ;)!

  14. 14

    Hehe I think when carnivores (as opposed to omnivores) love a vegetarian meal, then you’re definitely onto a winner! ;)

  15. 15

    Hmmm… if Mario Batali’s recipe can convert the Meat Boy – then this book much be a great find. Going over to the other site to check your review.

  16. 16

    Sounds like a great book to check out and this pasta dish looks delicious!

  17. 17

    wow this is an awesome recommendation! I will be also reviewing some books as they are on my desk! lol!

  18. 18

    When my mom first told me about this cookbook, I was so shocked that I was sure that she had the wrong chef! As a vegetarian, I never thought that I would buy a Mario Batali cookbook, but now I just might!

  19. 19

    I think that is great and looks like it will be a fantastic cookbook…will go check out your review.

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