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on 14 August 2000
Updated in 2008

Still got this book, still discovering new recipes (tuna steaks trapani style). The best £15 you'll ever spend

This book is an excellent buy for all lovers of Italian food. It covers the entire spectrum of Italian cooking from starters to desserts via, bread, pasta, meat and fish to name a few.

The book starts with a fundamentals chapter for ingredients and tools and then you're straight into the cooking.

There are no glossy photos, but this is not a problem as there are many excellent diagrams to demonstrate various techniques eg. make fresh tortellini.

The book is suitable for beginners and experts alike as it allows you to decide how seriously you take her instructions (who rolls pasta with a one metre long rolling pin! )

Most recipes are complemented with short passages on its origins and her style of writing is pleasant and quirky.

I would reccomend this book wholeheartedly
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This books brings me back to the time I lived in Italy - it is full of the sort of recipes that are prepared in Italian kitchens everyday. There are of course the usual recipes for pasta, risottos, chicken dishes, and lovely vegetable recipes. There are lots of different recipes for each ingredient type - for example, there are about 25 recipes for veal, a much more common dish in Italy than it is here. The recipes are generally very straightforward and the steps are clearly set out. There are useful line drawings which show, among other things, how to prepare squid or fillet/bone chicken - somehow these seem more effective than photographs I have seen in other books.

This book is so encyclopaedic that you probably won't need another Italian cookbook. Highly recommended.
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on 27 March 2017
A fantastic cook book with really user friendly recipes
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on 17 June 2017
Should have bought or stolen this years ago.
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on 18 June 2017
This is simply a must for any serious Italian cook. The new chapter on fundamentals is excellent.
this would be one of my desert island books
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on 21 June 2017
Best Italian cookbook ever imho.
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on 13 June 2017
Not so satisfied, there are many recipes there just missing the style.
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on 3 May 2017
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on 24 June 2017
Amazing
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on 9 October 2011
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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