Never Trust a Skinny Italian Chef is a tribute to Bottura’s twenty-five year career and the evolution of his three Michelin-starred restaurant, Osteria Francescana. Divided into four chapters, each one dealing with a different period, the book features 50 recipes and explanations about Bottura’s inspiration, ingredients and techniques. Illustrated with photography by Stefano Graziani and Carlo Benvenuto, Never Trust a Skinny Italian Chef is the first book by Bottura - the leading figure in modern Italian gastronomy. Find out about Chef's culinary past and present here, and watch the video to understand more about the book.

You can buy the handback book from Phaidon online,, retailing at £39.95. It will be shipped in October 2014.