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Watch Flour + Water Chef Thomas McNaughton Discuss Italian Culinary Traditions

McNaughton chats with Lucky Peach's Chris Ying.

Chef Thomas McNaughton, of San Francisco's Flour + Water, visits Talks at Google for a conversation with Lucky Peach editor-in-chief Chris Ying. In the video, McNaughton talks about learning to cook in Italy (and how its chefs' strict adherence to tradition actually "forces a different creative nature"). He also reveals some of the secrets found in his recent Pasta cookbook (which is one of Eater's 21 Most Essential cookbooks of 2014), and jokes about the often-rough crowd he cooks for at Flour + Water. "Italian people are the worst people to cook for in the world," he says. "Whether they're Italian-American or straight off the boat, they're the worst, because they want to tell you how their mother did it." Go, watch the conversation above.

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