This book is well written and deserves high praises for its aunthenticity. The recipes are very much the same as I remember them from my Mother's and Grandmother's cooking. Many of the recipes are almost exact duplicates. I come from a family that emigrated from Abruzzo. We were all born there and practiced many of the same recipes. One must keep in mind when reading the recipes that each small town in the region had its own cuisine and food traditions. The auther has done a fine job depicting many of these differences within the region. I was so much impressed with the contents of this cookbook that I decided to purchase additional (4) copies for my children and family.