This is not your 30-minute meals cookbook. It is a bit time-consuming but you do reap the benefits! So far I've made lasagna, cannelloni, tripe, home-made pasta and il ragu' bolognese. Perbacco! Delicious! The recipes are not at all 'Americanized'. I enjoy reading the Fundamentals section of the book - extremely informative! Do not skip that section! I know Italian food because I lived in Italy for 4 years and my boyfriend is 100% Italian. We recommed Marcella's cookbook to those who've tasted the 'real' Italian food either in Italy or made by their Nonna. You will appreciate this cookbook. This weekend I will be making Gnocchi!
This cookbook has several delicious, simple, easy-to-prepare recipes for every meat and vegetable under the sun. For example, today I found some beautiful fresh zucchini at a produce market, came home and found a wonderful recipe to prepare it, sauteeing it in butter and onion...it was super easy, took only a few minutes to prepare, but was delicious. So it goes for just about every item I get. There is a recipe for everything and everyone in this book...a real must-have. I have used it far more than any other cookbook I have ever owned.