The Little Butcher Eater


What in the tar nation is a little butcher eater?

Is it canibolism?

Answer: NO! Absolutely not! That’s not tolerated here on Alex Victoria! And as far as I know its not tolerated at all but in some small corner of the world where it is still allowed. Just let me know where that small corner of the world is and I will avoid it like a bat out of Parma.

But this post sounds like its going to be a teenager’s sci-fi horror flick with that title.

I assure you it is not!!!! I will tell you that it has something to do with the North Market in Columbus.

Ya see when TW, my daughter and I were walking around the market trying to figure out what we wanted to eat. I kept coming back to the same vegetarian stand. I am not a vegetarian —just to put it out there. Nonetheless, the food at this stand was just so appealing and well executed! I couldn’t help it. I just had to try it. So I did. And I am glad that I did.

From this sampler I learned that I could step it up on the side dish side of my cooking. I also learned that my daughter does not like dill. Okay that’s one was new. One other thing I learned is that the mastermind behind all these dishes has some major credentials in the culinary arts scene. I really don’t know if she…yes, I said she. If she has a Michelin Star to her credit. That I am not sure of.

The one thing that I am sure of is how good the food was especially for being a vegetarian joint and I really could not get it out of my head. I remembered while I was waiting on my food to be plated up I saw a cookbook sitting on a self of the back wall just strategically placed enough to catch the customer’s eye. Needless to say this customer was intrigued. When I got home that night I looked up said book on Amazon. Placed it on my wish list and left it there to watch the price fall.

So what is the name of said book?

The Vegetable Butcher.

Cara Mangini from what I read is from the San Francisco area. A grand daughter of Italian butchers. Who made a name for herself in San Francisco and New York City and now calls Columbus, Ohio home. She operates two eateries in the Greater Columbus area both call The Little Eater.

I don’t know what excites me more that she is not a celebrity chef but has a ton of credentials or that her eatery was a serendipitous find. Either way I am glad that I kept coming back and I am glad that I had the chance to try her cuisine. I am also glad that the price came down on her cookbook because let me tell ya, that’s one hell of a good cookbook. Even my mom who doesn’t really rave about cookbooks, loved this book (and she’s not even a vegetarian)! I’ll also tell ya the one common remark that my mother will say about most cookbooks this that they have way to many ingredients and they have too many high priced items.

On that note. If you happen to be in the Greater Columbus area and you are a vegetarian or know a vegetarian or know a vegetarian who could use a good cookbook. Do check out Chef Mangini’s Little Eater, you wouldn’t be sorry if you did. And if you are sorry —don’t blame me.

Wishing you the best,


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