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2.0 out of 5 stars The Spoiler, 5 July 2011
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Having read all the reviews of this book, I bought it and, although I know that I am in a minority of one, I have to say that I did not like it at all. I will probably be dismissed as an ignoramus who knows nothing about Italy or its cuisine and that the only thing I've ever eaten is spaghetti Bolognese or lasagne. Therefore, just let me say that I love Italy, the Italians, the food, the atmosphere of the country and I speak Italian.
I have a number of Italian cookery books and I really thought, having read the reviews, that this would be the Holy Grail of such books; the Italian version of Elizabeth David's wonderful books. I have to say that I found it pretentious and disappointing.

For me, the only saving grace was the beautiful photographic work in the book.
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Initial post: 4 Aug 2011 09:46:27 BDT
The author didn't give a reason why he dislikes the book - and therefore the review is no help at all and is utterly useless

Posted on 15 Aug 2011 15:53:39 BDT
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Posted on 8 Nov 2011 10:04:16 GMT
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S/he certainly did, Jane - she (surely a she?) said she found it pretentious. Judging by the sample page where Kenedy writes salame in italics I'd prefer precious. Elizabeth David and Jane Grigson may have seemed affected in their time but they didn't gush

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Posted on 7 Feb 2013 16:29:48 GMT
Steev says:
What was pretentious about it? What did you find disappointing and why?

Posted on 8 Feb 2013 09:08:36 GMT
Has Attila read any good books lately? Seriously, which Italian cookbook(s) does she rate?

Posted on 5 Jan 2014 21:31:45 GMT
C. Conrad says:
You sound like you have many Italian cookbooks. Could you suggest a couple you enjoy? Thanks for your time.

Posted on 19 May 2014 13:44:55 BDT
Thomas Holt says:
Many thanks for your review. You don't really comment on the quality of the recipes in this book in any detail, so it is difficult to judge whether the enthusiasm of the 5 star reviews is justified or not. I have tried many of Kenedy's recipes from The Guardian web site and found them very enjoyable to cook and eat. But your comment about the "beautiful photographic work" made me revisit the Amazon preview. I have decided not to buy this book since it is what I would call a coffee table book, rather than a guide for the busy cook. I will stick with my glorious, and virtually un-illustrated, Marcella Hazan and my half dozen Carluccios - now there's a guy who literally loves his cooking. Thanks again.
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