I have used this book for nearly two years and it's the one I keep returning to for delicious easy recipes. There are lots of photos to teach you how to make gnocchi, or information for choosing parmigiana or olive oil etc. If a recipe needs a explanation of technique, like risotto or preparing artichokes, it is clearly and consciously given. I have learnt much about cooking in the Italian tradition and Signor Cipriani teaches and entertains from the pages of this book. The Bolognese and Osso Buco are not too be missed!
Recently we were in Venice and ate an excellent meal in Harry's Bar. I had the privilege of having the book signed by Signor Cipriani. He was pleased with all the sticky notes, tomato stains and other signs of use. Just as in the book, he had his meal, read the newspaper and greeted everyone in the restaurant.
The book, the restaurant and Venice I can heartily recommend.