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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, classic chicken piccata. Good thing we have meat mallets.

Piccata means pounded in Italian. But in America, chicken piccata is associated with a lemony caper sauce, but that’s not the only way you can make it. My family’s traditional chicken piccata is with mushrooms, like the chicken Marsala recipe above, but it can also be made with lemon, or with red wine and radicchio, or with whatever the heck you want. So unless you piccata it, don’t call it piccata.