Mario Batali

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Megachef Mario Batali shares the cooking technique everyone should know, his favorite cookbook and a key shortcut to cooking an impressive meal for a crowd.
What's your most requested recipe?Our lasagne Bolognese or our tortellini en brodo both capture the greatness of Italian seasonal tradition. Although they require a lot of time and handwork, they're not too difficult technically.
What's your favorite cookbook of all time?Lynne Rossetto Kasper's The Splendid Table captures all of the real stuff in Emilia-Romagna, my favorite part of Italia.
What's one technique everyone should know?Everyone should know how to make a basic pasta dough.
What's one great entertaining tip?Make it more about product than technique: Source a crazy good ham, or search out the very best polenta and make it the star of the dish.

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