Food books (1) – Never trust a skinny chef

You will by now have realised that one of the most inspirational chefs I follow is Massimo Bottura of the Osteria Francescana in Modena. The above video which has been created by book publisher Phaidon as a teaser for the forthcoming book Never Trust a Skinny Italian Chef promises to be one of the most awaited food books of the year.

Here Bottura explains what I like about his style. He is not just a chef but rather a creative inspiration. His lessons are pretty much the same as the ones you would expect from creativity gurus. In this short video you will see why he is considered as one of the best chefs in the world.

The lessons he imparts in these three minutes are valuable in whichever career or phase of your life you are. He believes that with true passion you can transfer emotions. He urges you to get deep into things, to find structure in creativity.

Most of all he asks his chefs to express themselves, feel free and be brave. He says you have to be focused on what is your dream. He says the scary part is that you can realise your dreams.

You cannot clearly fault him on that. In future blog posts, I want to share with you some of the books which have inspired me along the way when it comes to building my passion for food and cooking. As a teaser I would point you to two of my all time favourites which I return time and time again and which have stood the test of time. These are The Silver Spoon for Italian cooking and the Complete Robuchon for French cooking.


Author: Food and Wine Gazette

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