"Cookbooks have all become baroque and very predictable. I'm looking for something different. A lot of chefs' cookbooks are food as it's done in the restaurants, but they are dumbed down, and I hate it when they dumb them down."
"I want my food dead. Not sick, not dying, dead."Mario Batali on Oscar Wilde
"You can tell alot about a fellow's character by his way of eating jellybeans."Mario Batali on Ronald Reagan
"It's difficult to believe that people are still starving in this country because food isn't available."Mario Batali on Ronald Reagan
"You better cut the pizza in four pieces because I'm not hungry enough to eat six."Mario Batali on Yogi Berra
"Beware the hobby that eats."Mario Batali on Benjamin Franklin
"Bologna is the best city in Italy for food and has the least number of tourists. With its medieval beauty, it has it all."
"Finishing food is about the tiny touches. In the last seconds you can change everything."
"As they say in Italy, Italians were eating with a knife and fork when the French were still eating each other. The Medici family had to bring their Tuscan cooks up there so they could make something edible."
"I come from an Italian family. One of the greatest and most profound expressions we would ever use in conversations or arguments was a slamming door. The slamming door was our punctuation mark."
"The kitchen really is the castle itself. This is where we spend our happiest moments and where we find the joy of being a family."