As a subscriber to Canal House, I knew this book was on my list of "have to have." Melissa and Christopher have created a book of beautiful , not overly complicated recipes that are not too difficult to reproduce and give stunning results. I love their recipe for spaghetti with raw tomatoes; it makes me feel like I'm in a Roman trattoria which is like saying it makes me feel I'm in heaven. The photography is exquisite ; Christopher is the photographer and Melissa , the artist. I would buy Melissa's drawings and hang them all over my kitchen. Even Christopher kimball recommended this book!