By John LaFemina
A hilariously humorous cookbook–cum–how–I–did–it memoir by means of the chef/restaurateur who created New York's striking Ápizz restaurant.
At the age of thirty–seven, John LaFemina left a profitable profession as a jeweler to develop into a chef. rather than going again to varsity, or getting on–the–job education, he did it the tough method: he received the eating place after which taught himself to cook.
Today he owns of latest York's nice Italian restaurants–Ápizz and Peasant–and is without doubt one of the city's most–talked–about cooks, incomes rave stories from lovers and critics. during this stunning cookbook, he not just stocks rankings of recipes, yet describes his lifestyles as a Canarsie boy studying approximately meatballs and macaroni in his mother's kitchen–and finds how he drew on a life of Italian cooking, and his personal exertions and delightful flavor to create his dream eating place from scratch.
LaFemina takes us step–by–step during the means of discovering the best position (and understanding what number meatballs you need to promote to pay the rent), designing a restaurant, paying for the entire valuable allows and licenses, and developing the menu. And this is often simply the 1st a part of operating a cafe. He stocks his reports in facing the general public and the click, unforeseen mess ups, and eventually, basking within the glory of a well-liked restaurant.
Along along with his inspiring tale, John LaFemina additionally stocks a hundred mouthwatering recipes, including:
Lasagna with Braised Wild Boar
Veal, pork, and beef Meatballs with Ricotta Filling
Open Ravioli with Roasted Butternut Squash
Creamsicle Panna Cotta
Chocolate Banana Bread Pudding
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A Man and His Meatballs by John LaFemina