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December 7, 2023 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

An Evening with Massimo Bottura, Lara Gilmore, and Jay Cheshes


December 7, 2023
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


Books & Books in Coral Gables
265 Aragon Ave
Coral Gables, FL 33134
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Books & Books presents…

An Evening with Massimo Bottura and Lara Gilmore

in conversation with

Jay Cheshes


Slow Food, Fast Cars: Casa Maria Luigia – Stories and Recipes  (Phaidon Press)

Thursday, December 7th at 7PM |  Books & Books Coral Gables


Books & Books is thrilled to present an evening with Massimo Bottura and Lara Gilmore, the world-renowned husband and wife duo behind the globally celebrated three Michelin star restaurant Osteria Francescana and recently opened guest house Casa Maria Luigia. Join Massimo and Lara for a conversation about their new book Slow Food, Fast Cars, followed by a book signing and reception. They will be in conversation with Wall Street Journal writer Jay Cheshes.

Tickets include one (1) copy of Slow Food, Fast Cars


About the book: 

Lara Gilmore and Massimo Bottura welcome you to Casa Maria Luigia, their idyllic guest house in the Italian countryside. Gilmore and Bottura – the renowned chef behind three-Michelin-starred restaurant Osteria Francescana – designed Casa Maria Luigia to celebrate the hospitality and wonderful, earthy cuisine of Italy’s Emilia-Romagna region. Its visitors discover not only exquisite food, but gorgeous interiors filled with contemporary art, unique design objects, and an impressive collection of Italian cars and motorcycles.

Slow Food, Fast Cars captures the extraordinary sensory and culinary experience of staying at Casa Maria Luigia. Created in close collaboration with Lara and Massimo, the book collects 85 authentic, accessible recipes for breakfasts, brunches, and all-day snacks, including frittatas and focaccias, salads, cakes and pastries, jams and preserves and more. At Casa Maria Luigia the past collides with the contemporary, and home cooks will discover seasonal variations for each recipe, as well as information about the dish’s origins and ingredients. Evocative photography and personal essays tell the fascinating stories behind every element of this magical guest house, from the incredible food to the interior design, cars, vinyl collection, garden, and country landscape.

About the Authors:

Massimo Bottura is the chef patron of Osteria Francescana, a globally celebrated three Michelin star restaurant based in Modena, Italy, where he grew up. The restaurant is now in the ‘Best of the Best’ group on the World’s 50 Best List.

Lara Gilmore is a fine arts major, restaurateur, author, and hotelier. She met Massimo, her husband, while working in New York. Together they opened Osteria Francescana in 1995 and Casa Maria Luigia in 2019.

About the Moderator:

Jay Cheshes is a feature writer covering art, culture, food, and travel, among other topics. He is a regular contributor to The Wall Street Journal and has previously written for The New Yorker, Town & Country, Fortune, W, Saveur, and Travel + Leisure. Trained as a chef, he was the New York dining critic for Gourmet magazine (for which he received a James Beard nomination) and reviewed restaurants weekly for Time Out New York for five years. The son of a U.S. diplomat, he was raised in six countries on three continents. He is based in New York but travels frequently.