Adapting Cucina Povera for a Nashville Tasting Menu

The concept of cucina povera isn’t exactly foreign to chefs, especially those acolytes of Italian cuisine who revere the resourceful peasant or “poverty cooking.” Massimo Boturra has called cucina povera the “original no-waste kitchen,” and earlier this year, the world-famous chef told Time magazine, “What you think is food waste is just an opportunity to create something amazing,” predicting elsewhere that grandma-style cucina povera would come back in vogue. 

But translating...