I bought this for my boyfriend who is Italian. He loves it and feels that the series of books are the only ones that are true to proper traditional Italian cooking. We have both used the book quite a few times to cook food. The ingredients are all listed in one place so its easy to check what you need and the step by step guide is simple to follow. We have just returned from a summer in Italy and it just reminds me of the wonderful food that is available in Italy.