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A New Cookbook by Mario Batali's Culinary Kids

May 22 2013 - 7:54am

Inspired by the occasion of their dad's fiftieth birthday, Mario Batali [1]'s teenage sons, Benno and Leo, developed their very own cookbook in his honor, and it's recently been published. The Batali Brothers Cookbook [2] is a compilation of Leo and Benno's favorite recipes, plus some Batali family staples courtesy of Mario himself. We were lucky enough to chat with the brothers, who we were pleased to learn are following fast in their dad's orange-Croc-clad footsteps. Click through to read our interview with Leo and Benno Batali, and check out two of their favorite recipes to try out in your own kitchen!

POPSUGAR: What are your earliest memories of being in the kitchen with your dad?
Benno Batali: We've been in the kitchen for as long as I can remember!

PS: What are the most important kitchen lessons that your dad has taught you?
BB: When it comes to olive oil, salt, chili flakes, and truffles, more is more. Sometimes you don't have to follow a recipe step-by-step. If you like it spicier, add some extra chili.

PS: Were you picky or good eaters as little kids?
BB: Our dad made it hard to be picky. We ate obscure vegetables, but they were rolled into pasta sauces and pies. It was always delicious.

PS: What's your favorite meal to eat at home? Who makes it?
Leo Batali: Taco night is a favorite. Our babysitter, Leo, makes homemade tomatillo and cucumber salsas. I made the beef.

Source: Susi Cahn

PS: What's your all-time favorite restaurant meal, and where did you eat it?
BB: My dad took me to Alinea last year. It's just as cool as it is delicious.
LB: We went to Atera for my birthday this year. I also love the pizza at Roberta's.

PS: What's the one food that you'll never, ever eat?
BB: I'll let you know when I think of it!

Click here for the Batali brothers' italian corn recipe! [3]

PS: Do you have aspirations to work in the culinary field when you grow up? If not, what do you see yourselves doing?
BB: I've worked at Otto and Eataly. I like it, but I don't think I want it to be my career.
LB: I'll finish high school and take it from there.

Click here for the Batali brothers' sloppy Joes recipe! [4]

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