A few months back, the news of Lady Gaga, born Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, and her father penning down a cookbook, Joanne Trattoria Cookbook: Classic Recipes and Scenes from an Italian-American Restaurant, was making the round. Well, guess what? The cookbook is finally out! With a foreword by Lady Gaga and recipes by Gaga’s father, Joe Germanotta, the recipe book looks promising.
“I’ve never done this before”, talking about authoring and releasing his cookbook, 59 year-old Germanotta Sr. said, adding that “I had no idea what the process was. I learned quite a bit. Now the work really starts! Now there’s a lot of promotion that needs to be done, just like for an album.” The cookbook, which dropped on 22nd November, sheds light on the inner workings of Joanne Trattoria, the Upper West Side restaurant Joe and his wife Cynthia opened in 2012.
You may wonder about the significance of the name ‘Joanne’, as it also happens to be the name of Lady Gag’s 2016 music album. Here’s why it’s special. Germanotta’s restaurant was named after his sister and Gaga’s aunt, who died of lupus when she was 17 years old. “My kids never met my sister,” says Germanotta. “When we were in the process of buying the restaurant, they came in, looked around and said, ‘Let’s do it, let’s call it Joanne.”
Food & Music
Along with the launch of his cookbook and right in time for Thanksgiving, Germanotta suggests three probable food and music pairings. Food that’s from his kitchen, and music that belongs to his pop star daughter, of course. Here are the three Lady Gaga albums and Joe Germanotta recipes that you should be pairing this holiday season!
The Fame (2008): Chicken Scarpariello
“It’s earthy, spicy and unique — it’s an Italian classic,” he says.
Born This Way: Nutellasagna
“It’s indulgent,” Germanotta says. “If I had to tie it to one of the new songs, I’d say ‘Million Reasons,’ because they’re so highly addictive, you need a million reasons not to eat it!”
Joanne: Pork Ragù
“That album brings out the passion for food and family,” says Germanotta. “The song ‘John Wayne’ is about how all men are kind of alike, and the Pork Ragu is something that they would eat on the trail, either with pasta or made into a sandwich. The family meal component is very important to us — when we’re together, we all sit down at the table. You didn’t eat in front of the TV. Sundays were for the big Italian meals, and I would cook for pretty much all of them.”
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