This is the second cookbook I have purchased by Mr. DiSpirito and I can easily say he has taken over my kitchen with his simple, straightforward recipes and easygoing narratives. His previous book, Now Eat This! Diet: Lose Up to 10 Pounds in Just 2 Weeks Eating 6 Meals a Day!
quickly became a household staple - I am 5 lbs down in my first week of the "Fast Track" plan so naturally I had to add this book as a companion.
Words can barely describe how impressed I am with this book.
Firstly, it's formidable.
I will likely use it as a weapon should someone break into my house.
Secondly, it is visually stunning.
We all know we eat with our eyes first and the photography in this book is simply mouthwatering.
(And no, I am not talking about Rocco himself here although I wouldn't mind playing a round of 7 minutes in heaven with him)
The photos are bright, fresh, detailed and luscious. I love how many of the recipes feature a birds-eye-view, photo-narrative that gives you a step by step visual on how to make each dish.
Thirdly, the dude did his homework.
Mr. DiSpirito has plenty of experience with Italian cooking but he didn't just cockily rest on his own knowledge. He traveled to Italy, to the source, and found a variety of "mamas" to inspire, coach and test his trimmed down recipes. Regardless of your heritage, you can relate to those grandmas, aunts, uncles and family friends whose intuitive confidence in the kitchen makes them legendary. Rocco's are here, in this book, and the warmth of people gathering and laughing and talkin' smack over food is practically tangible.
I feel like Rocco has really outdone himself with this book. He proves that simple, fresh, delicious food is effortless and attainable.
Get this book. You will not regret it.