It’s a good time to be a hamburger-lover in Italy. Burger-bars are popping up all over the place, spanning the spectrum from gourmet to the greasy-spoon, and several new books on the subject have hit the shelves this year. There’s even a handy iphone app that can help you find the nearest hamburger bar if you’re out on the town are hit by an unexpected hamburger urge.
Hamburger Gourmet (Ippocampo) is my favorite new find of the season. It’s a beautifully designed book from Blend, the dizzyingly-successful Paris hamburger bar. The book’s photography and design are eye-catching, while the recipes are clear, simple and irresistible. I’m excited to put some of them to the test, especially the burger buns. I have my trusty buns recipe here, which has not yet met it’s match… But I think it’s time for a challenger to enter the ring!
If you’re looking for a hamburger cook book that is more book thank cook: “Quante storie per un hamburger. Ricette, racconti e parole a caso” (Guido Tommasi Editore) is a funny and surreal work by Matteo Ruisi. Check out the presentation video here.
Milan-based hamburger lovers: don’t miss out on this must-have resource! Hamap is a map of the burger joints in Milan. You can buy the paper map, download the free pdf , or install the free iphone app.
Hamburger-lovers of the world, unite! Our time is now!