Floyd's words and pictures brings to life the Italians' mastery of and feeling for presenting and cooking food. There are photos of markets such as the famous fish one in Venice near the Rialto, where the toughest looking men lay out their fish with all the delicacy of painters arranging a still life. All the best Italian ingredients are represented in the book. There are pictures of autumnal market stalls selling orange, scarlet and brown funghi, from "porcini" to "avoli", pale green fennel and dark green artichokes, plump dark olives, and varying shades of white and cream cheeses. Floyd has compiled illustrated essays on, for instance, a hunt in the Umbrian countryside for the magical white truffle, the preparation by an Italian chef of fresh pasta, the cooking of a truly authentic Bolognese sauce. There are pictures of landscapes all over Italy from the Alps to Sicily, cityscapes, restaurants and cafes.