Bill Buford is the former fiction editor of The New Yorker. He is also the author of the bestselling book, Among the Thugs. His latest book is Heat, which tells the story of his experiences as a line cook at Babbo, an apprentice to a pasta maker in Italy and then as an apprentice to a butcher in Italy.
Heat starts with Buford meeting Mario Batali, and upon realizing what a neophyte in the kitchen he was, Buford asked Battali to come learn how to cook at Babbo. Buford starts in the prep kitchen, eventually moving to the grill station and then to the pasta station. He goes to Italy to learn how to make fresh pasta, both filled and unfilled pastas. He also apprentices himself to a butcher in Italy in order to learn about meat and where each cut comes from the animal.
Heat has three major themes: it is an omage to handmade foods, a journey through one tough kitchen and a portrait of Mario Battali. Bill Buford joins The Guys today to talk about his new book.
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Podcast Date: 8/9/2006