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Fabio Vivani of Top Chef and Top Chef All-Stars releases his cookbook this week! We nabbed a couple of recipes from this awesome new addition to our food library, including this super-simple, rustic Sicilian eggplant caponata you can serve with any Italian meal. 

Fabio Vivani of Top Chef and Top Chef All-Stars releases his cookbook this week! We nabbed a couple of recipes from this awesome new addition to our food library, including this super-simple, rustic Sicilian eggplant caponata you can serve with any Italian meal. 

Everybody loves sweet-and-sour flavor. Now, we almost always put egg­plant in caponata, but the traditional caponata was made with whatever vegetables were left over from the field, braised in vinegar and sugar to take the unfresh flavor away. The original Sicilian caponata doesn’t include carrots, but my mom makes it with carrots. My grandma does it without carrots. And I do what I like. If you have carrots, put some in; if you don’t have carrots, don’t use any.

This is a good side dish, but it’s also good as a topping and as an appetizer. You’re going to get a standing ovation when you serve this even on plain bread.

Reprinted with permission from Fabio’s Italian Kitchen