Arranged by courses, antipasti through formaggi and dolci (cheese and sweets), the uncomplicated dishes include White Bean Bruschetta with Grilled Radicchio Salad, Baked Lasagna with Asparagus and Pesto, and Roasted Porgy with Peas, Garlic, Scallions and Mint. Gorgonzola with Spiced Walnuts and Port Wine Syrup with fresh fruit would make a lovely conclusion to any dinner. Throughout, Batali provides advice on dish preparation; there are 32 pages of color photos and dozens of black-and-white shots of life in Batali's two villages. Batali's reliance on the best ingredients simply prepared, rather than on fussy restaurant techniques, places his dishes squarely in the realm of home cooks. They'll find his book a keeper. --Arthur Boehm
I have several of Mario's cookbooks but this is my go to when I want to make something simple. I have tried quite a few of the recipes and the dishes turn out as Mario describes. Read morePublished 4 months ago by annabella 88
Love Mario - his ingredients are easy to find and they are simple to make but ooooh sooo delicious to the palate.Published 7 months ago by peggie
I WANTED SOMETHING MORE THAN SPAGHETTI AND MEATBALLS AND THIS IS WHAT I WAS LOOKING FOR. MARIO DELIVERED AND HOW!Published 7 months ago by Bob Cikanek
I love Mario Batali, he's my favorite TV chef, and I'm pissed because my cable company changed the package I had so now if I want the Cooking Channel (which still plays reruns of... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Jason D. Baird
I have "loved" two copies of this book to death with dog eared pages and tomato stains.
Now on my third copy. My kitchen wlll never be without it.
From a simpler time when Nina poured and Jason waited, this collection was the first in what was to become a winning streak of recipe books from the then Pope of Cornilia Street,... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Doriginal Barlooser
So far, we've thoroughly enjoyed every recipe we've made from Mario's book. Some favorites include Balsamic Glazed Chicken with Grilled Radicchio, Sautéed Scallops with Wild... Read morePublished on May 26, 2012 by Julie
This is a book consisting of many good recipes. However some of the ingredients are hard to find or know if you are not familiar with Italian cooking. Read morePublished on December 7, 2011 by Lily