32 of 35 people found the following review helpful
Better than having an Italian mother (well, almost),
By A Customer
This review is from: The Italian Baker (Hardcover)
There are certain cookbooks that become favorites because they help you to learn and master particular techniques and apply them creatively. Some cookbooks have a narrow focus that allow you to train and discipline your palate. Still others collect culinary ideas that broaden the range of your imagination and experience. The Italian Baker does all of these, with an inscrutable and irreplaceable added ingredient: love. The aura of joy, affection, generosity and goodwill that pervades the book make this one volume I would want on my cookbook shelf even if the recipes weren't so wonderful. As we each cook in our own homes, mysteriously connected by someone else'e recipes and musings on food and eating, I feel that just having Carol's benevolent spirit in my kitchen is a boon. For anyone that enjoys Italian flavors, this book is a desert island selection.