1. Who is Bill Buford?
Bill Buford writes for the magazine, "The New Yorker" and also founded "Granta" magazine and Granta books. Buford is also an amateur cook and enjoys cooking, which led to the writing of this book.
2. Who did Bill Buford invite to dinner in "Dinner with Mario"?
In "Dinner with Mario," Bill Buford was having a dinner party and invited Mario Batali to come to the dinner. Batali came to the dinner and brought food and wine and took over the kitchen without asking.
3. How famous was Batali at the time he and Bill met?
When Batali and Bill first met, Batali was famous because of his television show and was also a partner in three restaurants. He was considering a fourth restaurant and the purchase of an Italian vineyard.
4. What did Bill become in Chapter 1, and what did it teach Bill?
In Chapter 1, Bill became an extern or non-paid intern in Batali's signature restaurant, Babbo and worked in the prep kitchen, preparing the food for the chefs. Work in the prep kitchen taught bill that he should have his own knives and he also learned about carving ducks, how to find oysters, and how to use a knife properly to cut vegetables.
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