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4 January 2014
Ordered for Christmas, and it is a good book. The print is fine. The recipes are very Italian (meaning that there is a lot of, even a bit too much of tomato on everything). IT seems that while there is an abundant number of main courses in the book with great, whole-page pictures, I feel that first courses, soups, and most of all, desserts are a bit neglected. On the whole, it is a great book for weekend experimentation, (homemade pasta recipe and the likes), but not for everyday cooking. Also, most of the recipes have easy to buy ingredients, but you have to have a good access to Italian culinary stuff to be able to cook everything. For example, I have found a mushroom lasagne recipe that I will be unable to cook as it needs a special type of lasagne. On the other hand, I would never put a hot chocolate and butter & jam sandwich recipe into a cookbook, these are elementary and are done everywhere in the world!
On the whole, pros are:
great to accompany the tv series, or if you wish to experiment with Italian cusisine (and are not put off by the intensive tomato sauce usage).
Great for revisiting recipes from the show, as every recipe, as far as I watched it, is in the book.
Huge, lovely pictures of the food, though not of every dish.
If you love to read about Italy, small sections about Italian life.
Contra:
not for after working, tired weekday cooking.
It seems that there are more pictures of the chefs than dishes, which makes it feel like an image campaign.
I wouldn't mind a more balanced variety of dishes, especially in terms of more soups and desserts.

Final judgement: go for it, if you are into heavily tomato sauce-soaked main dishes, or if you want a collection of the tv show's recipes.
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