Having first encountered Giorgio Locatelli on a BBC re-run of a short food series, he immediate stood out as an oustanding chef whose food not only looked great but was so simple to cook. When I saw this book I immediately had to buy it and I havent been dissapointed. Firstly its a big book. But beautifully made every thing about it from its appearance to its contents shows that a great deal of thought has gone into it, its almost perfection personified. Its a book to be displayed with pride not stuck on some shelf, its a major conversation piece in its own right all your friends will notice it instantly. The contents will not dissapoint. There are genuine italian recipes covering the whole spectrum from Carpaccio to gelato's every recipe is easy to follow. If you love italian food then once you start using this book you'll never stop. The book not only gives amazing recipes but also conveys Giorgio's journey through food, what to look for when selecting you food from the shop's. He also puts across a good case for going that extra mile to a local shop rather than buying straight from the supermmarket. All in all excellent.