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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 28 March 2017
Wow, this book is stunning. Anna del Conte is not only an excellent cook, she's a lively writer. It's claimed that she's responsible for introducing Italian cooking to the UK. This book is essentially a bible; regions, ingredients, traditions and culture in addition to recipes.

This edition is revised and expanded from the one first published in 1987 as a gastronomic dictionary. It retains the dictionary format, but with the addition of numerous full colour photos and more emphasis on recipes. Techniques are explained but I particularly like the way the book explores the rich traditions which link regions and food. There's so much information on every page, it's a delight to browse as a book and there's inspiration throughout.

The recipes aren't extremely complicated. The recipes are about good, honest cooking with quality ingredients. Many are simple, but tasty, others take a little longer to prepare, but the effort is worth it. Cooking terms are explained and there's an extensive index for easy reference to recipes, plus an astonishing 4 pages of bibliography for readers/cooks seeking further inspiration.

If you were to only buy one Italian cookery book, let it be this one. It has everything, it's beautifully written and there's a comprehensive introduction by Anna Del Conte.
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I am very pleased with this book. It is full of very interesting and most unusual recipes
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on 8 August 2017
Not a cookery book in the traditional sense but a series of short essays about food in Italy with some recipes included. Excellent stuff for picking up tips, suggestions and ideas. One for competent cooks, I think.
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on 9 May 2017
As recommended by lots of top TV chefs, this is a detailed encyclopedia of Italian cuisine with great detail throughout.
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on 25 July 2017
This is a recipe book for some one interested in trying to cook realistic Italian food .it's surprising how many well know chefs have worked in her kitchen
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on 17 September 2017
Really nice book, but there's not many recipes, it's more a book about Italy it's regions and the way they cook, which for me is perfect as I love information about the country.
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on 24 August 2017
Lovely book, fabulous recipes and what a wonderful author Anna Del Conte is.
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on 22 April 2017
Looking forward to making the recipes .Very informative book
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on 26 April 2017
No pictures. So not perfect for me as I'm a visual person.
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on 11 May 2017
I bought this for my husband as a birthday present as he'd seen the programme on tv with Nigella Lawson and wanted the book. It is very good and he is thrilled with it.
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