Beautiful cookbooks on Italian cooking appear in profusion like truffles in Tuscany. Hazan Family Favorites follows the trend--it is a large-format high-end production, magnificently illustrated with great full-page food photography and sensibly laid out recipes. The layout of nearly all recipes is on single or facing pages for the convenience of the cook and ingredients are nicely listed in single columns at the edge of the pages. Preparation times are given right under the titles--you can quickly tell if you have enough time for it. The procedures are easy to follow even for less experienced cooks, and most recipes are not difficult. Many are Italian, others more familiar to us with an Italian twist (e.g. Italian latkes).
As the book title suggests, most recipes were gathered from family collections, some modified by the author, Guiliano Hazan. They are good recipes and you will likely to be tempted by many. This cookbook is a combination of recipes and family history with many family photos. The recipe head notes are often little anecdotes from Hazan's history throughout his growing-up years. For many readers and cooks, these may be overwhelming--there are too many of them. The well cross-referenced index is excellent. (As reviewed for Sacramento/San Francisco Book Review.)