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This review is from: The River Cafe Classic Italian Cookbook (Hardcover)
Having read the rave reviews about this book in the papers I was expecting a 'classic' book and a serious heavyweight guide of Italian style cuisine. Instead I find a very ordinary book with very ordinary recipes - many of which have appeared before in various guises in their smaller paperback offerings. Perhaps it was my mistake that I was expecting something like Stephanie Alexander's 'A Cook's Companion' or Stephane Reynaud's 'Ripailles' which offer so very much more than this. Yes, the book has great photos and certainly it is printed on high quality paper but as an overall cook book it is better as a guide line for the novice and perhaps should have been billed as such. As such I find it a huge disappointment from a restaurant that really does have a great name and reputation. Sorry but it just doesn't cut it.