Massimo Bottura
The chef who reinvented Italian food by rewriting the rules
Massimo Bottura
"In Italy we have three things that are untouchable," said the superstar chef Massimo Bottura, "football, the Pope and food." Bottura may not have entered the seminary, yet he was so talented a soccer player that, during his national service, fellow conscripts would turn to a blind eye to Bottura going AWOL, allowing the chef drive up to his base's gates and declare, "Open up. It's me, Number One!"

That squad number proved prophetic in 2016, when, after working under such chefs as Georges Coigny, Ferran Adrià and Alain Ducasse, Bottura's Osteria Francescana, in his hometown of Modena, topped of the World's 50 Best Restaurants list. Judges admired his disregard for traditions, his influences, including rock, jazz and contemporary art, and the way his dishes, with their unconventional, though deeply Italian names like Memory of a Mortadella Sandwich and Eel Swimming up the Po River, delighted not only international diners, but also local critics.

Now Bottura's new venture, Food for Soul, is set to rework the soup kitchen, by founding a series of restaurants across the world that turn discarded catering portions into healthy dishes for the poor, all in conjunction with the Catholic church. Perhaps its time to add Massimo himself to that untouchable Italian triumvirate.
Massimo Bottura
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Bread is Gold

Massimo Bottura, the world's best chef, prepares extraordinary meals from ordinary and sometimes 'wasted' ingredients inspiring home chefs to eat well while living well.

'These dishes could change the way we feed the world, because they can be cooked by anyone, anywhere, on any budget. To feed the planet, first you have to fight the waste', Massimo Bottura

Bread is Gold is the first book to take a holistic look at the subject of food waste, presenting recipes for three-course meals from 45 of the world's top chefs, including Daniel Humm, Mario Batali, René Redzepi, Alain Ducasse, Joan Roca, Enrique Olvera, Ferran & Albert Adrià and Virgilio Martínez. These recipes, which number more than 150, turn everyday ingredients into inspiring dishes that are delicious, economical, and easy to make.

Massimo Bottura: Never Trust a Skinny Italian Chef

Osteria Francescana is Italy’s most celebrated restaurant. At Osteria Francescana, chef Massimo Bottura takes inspiration from contemporary art to create highly innovative dishes that play with Italian culinary traditions. It’s an approach that has won him three Michelin stars and the number three place on the World's 50 Best Restaurant list.

Never Trust a Skinny Italian Chef is a tribute to Bottura’s twenty-five year career and the evolution of Osteria Francescana. Divided into four chapters, each one dealing with a different period, the book features 50 recipes and accompanying texts explaining Bottura’s inspiration, ingredients and techniques. Illustrated with photography by Stefano Graziani and Carlo Benvenuto, Never Trust a Skinny Italian Chef is the first book from Bottura - the leading figure in modern Italian gastronomy.