"My family makes these vinegars - out of everything from grapes to peaches and cherries. We go through the whole process with the giant vat and drainer, label them, and give them as Christmas presents."
"Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind. To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas."Mario Batali on Calvin Coolidge
"He who has not Christmas in his heart will never find it under a tree."Mario Batali on Roy L. Smith
"The main reason Santa is so jolly is because he knows where all the bad girls live."Mario Batali on George Carlin
"Maybe Christmas, the Grinch thought, doesn't come from a store."Mario Batali on Dr. Seuss
"A good conscience is a continual Christmas."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."