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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars She knows her onions - and everything else
If you're thinking about buying this book, just buy it. I can't say enough good things about it. Since my husband purchased it a few years ago, we've made several dishes from it and each one has been great. It contains a very generous number of recipes, so it's incredibly good value. It has all the old Italian classics - including the last word in ragù - plus...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but not always easy to measure out
I would agree with most other reviewers as to the scope of this magnum opus. My main quibble is with her choice of measurements. Many ingredients are given as tablespoons. This may be fine for liquids, or fine solids like flour, but are these level or rounded or what? However for chopped celery? grated Parmesan? The quantity involved here could vary enormously. It would...
Published on 9 Nov 2011 by Actinia


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3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but not always easy to measure out, 9 Nov 2011
This review is from: The Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking (Hardcover)
I would agree with most other reviewers as to the scope of this magnum opus. My main quibble is with her choice of measurements. Many ingredients are given as tablespoons. This may be fine for liquids, or fine solids like flour, but are these level or rounded or what? However for chopped celery? grated Parmesan? The quantity involved here could vary enormously. It would be much simpler to have given these by weight.

I would also quibble with the ingredients lists. They are set in two columns with the text centred, which makes them difficult to read.

Many of the recipes are simply variations on a theme, expanded into full-blown recipes on their own.

Despite all this, there is a wealth of information here, and I am looking forward to trying some of them out.

John Rostron
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb, 15 Sep 2013
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There really isn't much I can add to what has already been said except to highlight the main pluses in my experience.

As someone who wanted to begin cooking good quality, Italian food, this book has served perfectly. The instructions are clear and concise. It goes from the basics upwards and is positively encyclopaedic in coverage.

I can foresee many happy years with this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Can't live without this book, 9 Oct 2011
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I am in the UK for 2 years and have this book at home in Australia. After a couple of months I bought another copy because I missed it so much.
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4.0 out of 5 stars very good book, 8 Feb 2013
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got this book for a workmate who could not get online to order it from amazon,as far as i know he is very pleased with it.
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