Ahead of his New York City Wine & Food Festival event on Thursday, Batali proved once again that he is a gift to Twitter by answering his fan’s burning food questions with enthusiastic video clips. Chrissy Teigen and John Legend, Batali’s co-hosts for the private dinner, make surprise appearances throughout the videos, making it that much more fun.
Batali touches on his favorite wine (a cold white from wherever he happens to be), how to travel through Italy like a pro (only visit two cities at a time), and just how many vests he really owns (30 or 40).
Teigen and Legend chime in by giving their best advice to aspiring home cooks: “Follow people like Mario on Twitter and constantly bombard them with questions about how to cook something, the best way to cook something, the best flavors to enhance your meats and between Mario and Michael Symon, I am set,” says Teigen. Adds Legend: “Go on the Internet. It’s all there.”
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But the best piece of advice to come from the Q&A has to be Batali’s method for cooking just about any vegetable.
“I think anything in the vegetable world that you don’t even know what it is is underrated or underused,” he says. “So what you do is you go get whatever it is, whether it’s a Hubbard squash or anything that you don’t even recognize, cut it into 1-inch cubes, toss it with extra virgin olive oil and a little bit of salt … put it in a 450 degree oven for 30 minutes of 25 minutes, take it out, let it rest, let it cool and eat it. It’s yummy!”
There you have it, folks. You never have to look up a recipe again.