This book has a fresh take on Italian dishes. The salad section is interesting with especially the grilled asparagus, melon, mozarella, pinenuts and crisp parmaham. Also the salad with green lentils and grapes is lovely. For a summer cook book this is delicious and fresh as there is a good and new use of veg and fruit in the recipes (but not necessarily low fat). It also has a brunch section where I adore the mozzarella, raspberry and brown sugar panini. The only thing which annoys me is the pictures. She is a lovely looking lady, so is her daughter and her husband and the rest of the family. Actually I counted about 30 pictures of the family where I would have prefered pictures of the food. There is even a picture of an empty plate! AND all the measurements are US - but if you don't mind, then this is otherwise an easy book to cook from.