Lady Gaga’s father has teamed up with the famous pop singer to release a cookbook. Joe Germanotta’s popular New York City restaurant is the inspiration for the new book, which will feature Italian recipes and family stories.
Joe Germanotta’s Italian cookbook, set to be released in November 2016 with a forward from Lady Gaga, is titled Joanne Trattoria Cookbook: Classic Recipes and Scenes from an Italian American Restaurant. The family’s restaurant “Joanne Trattoria,” is named after Germanotta’s sister, who died from Lupus at the age of 19.
Lady Gaga and Father Joe Germanotta’s Cookbook
Joe Germanotta’s cookbook is by no means an ordinary recipe book.
Along with recipes for meals served at his Italian restaurant, Germanotta will include many family stories and anecdotes, business experiences, and other lessons learned from running the eatery since its opening in 2012.
One sign that this cookbook is a bit different than most is the nod to a Billy Joel song in the cookbook’s title. Lady Gaga is a professed Billy Joel fan, and has expressed a desire to collaborate with the artist in the past. The Joel reference lets readers know both father and daughter’s personal experiences will make up a big part of the book.
Germanotta also says that “family, food and love” are the basis for how he raised all his daughters. For Germanotta, food is more than just food; it’s also a way to bring families together.
His love for food seems to have inspired Lady Gaga. The pop singer spends a lot of time cooking and making homemade recipes. She is known for uploading pictures of herself dicing meat, preparing baked goods, and making meals on Instagram.
Lady Gaga’s Italian Cookbook and Restaurant
Joe Germanotta and Lady Gaga’s cookbook and restaurant are both unabashedly Italian.
At Joanne Trattoria’s, Italian meals are the specialty. The Upper Westside establishment serves lasagnas, meatballs, and Italian sausage. The menu contains a lot of old classics, such as chicken parmesan, veal chop, and pasta dishes, like spaghetti and meatballs.
While traditional Italian food can be tasty, not all of the dishes are considered healthy. For instance, sausage and meatballs typically contain a lot of unhealthy fats. Furthermore, dishes like pasta, spaghetti, and pizza are very high in carbs, while recipes that include lots of cheese (such as chicken parmesan) are high in fat.
However, there are many Italian meals that can be enjoyed if you are looking to stay healthy. For instance, steamed vegetables, salads, grilled fish, and soups can all be healthy diet choices, containing nutrients or healthy types of fat.
So whether you want to make tastier meals at home or improve your health, Joe Germanotta and Lady Gaga’s Italian cookbook likely has the recipe for you!
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