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 , 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.