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I learnd a few things,
This review is from: Jamie's Italy (Hardcover)
According to Jamie Oliver, Italian cooking is all about regionality and the credo "less is more"; if you do not have squid, do not make the squid recipes, but if you have good basil and buffalo mozzarella, make the grilled Pizza Margherita!
During my partially extensive travels through Italy, I was able to confirm some things, that are mentioned in this book. I did not eat at the first Trattorias, that crossed my way, but instead went the off-beat paths. The only way to find out what was being served, was to ask. Whatever was available, was usually transformed into a delicious meal.
Italy is not heaven, where clouds are made of honey and everything is just super tasty. You have to hunt for the good stuff. But if it's good, it is probably stellar. The safest thing is to start in a Pizzeria in the town center of Rome. You will always be in luck.
Anyway. The recipes seem to have been extremely carefully chosen. However, I believe there is any point of including a pesto recipe, since it is probably a staple recipe in any hobby cook's repertoire, but otherwise the collection of recipes keeps a good balance between mass appeal and authenticity (as far as I can judge on that).
And yes, let us do away with cheap meat. We must make sure, that we treat animals with respect and not feed them with crap or make them suffer under inhuman conditions in animal transports from one end to Europe to the other. I was a vegetarian for 8 years until I got weak over some Asian stir fry with chicken. And there probably is no universal moral clause, that will eventually make it okay to kill animals, even if kept under best conditions all their lives. But if we choose to do it, let us take care for them as good as we possibly can.