This is a great recipe book but then Antonio Carluccio books all are. He doesn't over complicate food and it allows you to taste it rather than drown it in too many different flavours. I have a few of his books and they are my 'go to' I use this one at least twice a week if not more.
Book is excellent and clearly shows the correct way to cook the recipes. There is nothing complicated about the content of the book and is a step forward for those amateur cooks like myself wno want to extend their range of menus.
I ended up getting this book at Christmas after finding two books I really wanted on a 3 for 2 offer in Waterstones but being unable to find a third. In frustration I picked this one up and went home annoyed that there wasn't something I wanted more.
But I have to say that this is a great little book. The instructions are clearly laid out, the ingredients are easy to read and the recipes are easy to make (well the ones I've made so far have been) There something to be said for a well laid out, simple little book that you're not afraid to get dirty compared to the heavy, glossy pretty hard back books that you're afraid to open in case you get it dirty.
And most importantly the recipes I've made have all tasted good.
I should maybe give 5 stars but haven't made enough of the recipes yet ... the ones I have cooked been a great hit ... I am not a very experienced or accomplished cook but these are so simply set out and often with so few ingredients to worry about that they don't put you off. Some fussy family members have really enjoyed the meals I have made. I have enjoyed making them.
Terrific recipe book with excellent photos. Clear instructions with Maestro Carluccio giving you ideas for alternate ingredients. Whilst the Table of Contents provides only general topics (soups, etc), the Index is the quick way to find what you need. They were also considerate in that you can search the Index by ingredient or Recipe title! Very helpful.
And, the book gives you the address where you can see pasta being made in a video on line if you need more instruction!