Mario Batali has ten cookbooks already, and published his first (Simple Italian Food: Recipes from My Two Villages) back in 1998, which must have made him — what, 25? — when that happened. Nevertheless, it looks like his preteen sons already have him beat with their own book deal: last week, the Batali family announced that they’d struck a deal with Harper Collins to publish The Batali Brothers Cookbook.
The beginnings of the book came when Benno and Leo Batali, both definitely not 25-year-old chefs, gave their father a book of their family’s recipes for his 50th birthday, said Batali to Grub Street. “We’ve been dancing around it for a while, wondering what to do,” he said at the time.
Here’s what’s going to happen with it, now: the cookbook will be published as an e-book in time for Christmas, and then available in hardcover starting in Spring 2013. And according to Dad Batali, who shared with his kids a love of cooking, he couldn’t be prouder: “For all the bullshit around me, being their father is the most important thing in my life.”
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