VOLT ink. Signed by Michael Voltaggio
Last weekend, I spent both Saturday and Sunday on the campus of USC in Los Angeles at the 17th Annual LA Times Festival of Books. A book festival? How seriously uncool, right? Wrong. I have always found the LATFoB to be so appealing because it includes authors across all genres and types of books. Saturday’s agenda was jammed packed as there were several writers I had hope to see discuss their new books, including Chef Michael Voltaggio, co-author of VOLT ink. and winner of the season 8 installment of Bravo TV’s Top Chef.
Chef Michael Voltaggio and his brother Bryan – who also competed during the same season of Top Chef – penned the cookbook VOLT Ink. in 2011. Bryan owns VOLT in Maryland while Michael owns ink. and ink.sack in Los Angeles. Hence VOLT Ink. The brothers have assembled a beautiful book of recipes and family stories coupled with the most amazing photographs I’ve ever seen in a cookbook. Recipes include everything from Bacon Knot Challah, to Mock Oysters, and even what to do with peas and carrots. This is definitely a cook’s cookbook.
On the LATFoB Cooking stage, Michael Voltaggio took to the platform with Cole Dickinson who helps oversee the ink. kitchen. Voltaggio was mostly on the mic while Dickinson helped demo the saffron potato gnocchi with morel mushrooms and fresh peas. Sounds delish, right? I only wish they were giving out samples!
Chef Voltaggio shared his idea that a successful meal comes when “you focus on what you like.” He also talked about his philosophy at the restaurant which is their belief that “food doesn’t need to look like it came from outer space, but should taste like it came from outer space” and says that this is achievable for the home cook as well.
And now The Trend Tribe is thrilled to giveaway a copy of VOLT Ink. signed by Chef Michael Voltaggio!
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Photo credit: Wendy Nielsen and Ed Anderson
Disclosure: While Wendy was on assignment for The Trend Tribe and granted special access throughout the event, this giveaway is in no way affiliated or sponsored by the LA Times Festival of Books, VOLT Ink., Chefs Michael and Bryan Voltaggio or Bravo TV for Top Chef.