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.
An excellent 'little' book, both for variety and accessibility of recipes/ingredients/prep time and for price! I collect cookery books and have many Italian/pasta books from the 70s and 80s - so not everything in here is 'new' to me (or indeed 'new'), BUT for someone wishing to acquaint themselves with or expand their repertoire of delicious, no-nonsense 'classic' and regional dishes including or based around pasta (soups, salads, mains, etc), this handy book would be very hard to beat. (All the My Kitchen Table books seem very good - I have several, including Ken Hom's. They are obviously not as big and 'glossy' as the larger, hardback or coffe-table cookery books, but they pack a lot of info and pictures into a small space and every recipe is very workable.) I have Carluccio's latest 'Pasta' book, which is very good and well-illustrated, but amazingly this little gem holds its own alongside it! Very good, buy one and enjoy!
I love food, I love cooking. I never rated any books I bought on Amazon yet. I find this book that recipes are very tasty for such small amount of time of preparation, and very often ingredients are also quite cheap. I have this book for about 2 weeks, and I made pasta for dinner about 7 times....There are some recipes there which I know I will never approach cook, as ingredients or combination don't appeal to me, but I'm already grateful for at least 4 recipes which I will keep close to my heart, and they are in list of my favorites already :)
The only suggestion is that proportion of made sauce to dry pasta to my liking is not very good, I always like my pastas drowning in sauce, for this reason If I'm cooking for 2.....I use amount of sauce for 4 but, halving the amount of dry pasta....
I'm new to pasta making and the basic recipe at the front of the book is foolproof, I've made it several times and have had perfect pasta every time, worth it for this recipe alone. Have yet to try any of the other recipes as I have used another Carluccio book for the fillings/sauces. The only downside is the book is a little bit on the small side.