Top positive review
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Fully updated, loads of colour photos, a total joy to read
on 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.