Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Heat by Bill Buford

This book served as an inspiration to travel back to The City and experience the gastronomic ecstasy Babbo brings to the palate.

Heat chronicles the culinary adventures of Bill Buford who apprenticed under Mario Batali.

I find this excerpt from The Road to Wigan Pier enlightening. This is written at the start of Heat's First Chapter: Dinner with Mario.

"A human being is primarily a bag for putting food into; the other functions and faculties may be more godlike, but in point of time they come afterwards. A man dies and is buried, and all his words and actions are forgotten, but the food he has eaten lives after him in the sound or rotten bones of his children. I think it could be plausibly argued that changes of diet are more important than changes of dynasty or even of religion. The Great War, for instance, could never have happened if tinned food had not been invented. And the history of the past four hundred years in England would have been immensely different if it had not been for the introduction of root-crops and various other vegetables at the end of the Middle Ages, and a little later the introduction of  non-alcoholic drinks (tea, coffee and cocoa) and also of distilled liquors to which the beer-drinking English were not accustomed. Yet it is curious how seldom the all-importance of food is recognized. You see statues everywhere to politicians, poets, bishops, but none to cooks or bacon-curers or market gardeners." - George Orwell, The Road to Wigan Pier

Reminiscing my pre-birthday dinner at Babbo

I miss Babbo's Bucatiniall’Amatriciana with Guanciale, Hot Pepper and Pecorino!

Italian food is love!

{Book's Image from Cooking for Engineers}

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