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Jamie's ItalyJamie's Italy (Hardcover) by Jamie Oliver

 Review by Suzanne

Italy and its wonderful flavors have always had a major influence on Jamie Oliver's food and cooking. In JAMIE'S ITALY, he travels this famously gastronomic country paying homage to the classic dishes of each region and searching for new ideas to bring home. The result is a sensational collection of Italian recipes, old and new, that will ensure that Italy's influence reaches us all.

Italy has inspired Jamie Oliver throughout his career. His ambition has always been to travel across the country on a quest to capture the very essence of Italian cooking -- and to produce the best and simplest Italian cookbook for everybody anywhere to enjoy.

JAMIE'S ITALY is the result of that journey. As well as providing more than 120 brand-new recipes for everything from risotto to roasts and spaghetti to stews, structured as traditional trattoria menus, Jamie takes you all over Italy to cook with and learn from the real masters of Italian cuisine: the locals. JAMIE'S ITALY is a cookbook by the people for the people. From Sicily to Tuscany, it's about the local fishermen, family bakers, and, of course, the "Mamas," sharing their recipes and the tips that have gone into their cooking for generations. But it's not only mouthwatering food that Jamie brings back home: it's also the spirit that makes cooking and eating absolutely central to family life, whichever part of Italy you're in.

Bursting with the warmth and hospitality of real family life, this is both a superbly accessible cookbook and a unique travelogue and diary. If you love quality food prepared with genuine passion --- you'll never want to leave Jamie's Italy.

"His books make me want to shop, cook, and sit down to eat." ---Andrew Scalvani, New York Times More details can be found online:
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Our review:

This is the type of cookbook that might be fun to read, but it's not so practical for cooking.
For one thing, unless you live in someplace like New York or San Francisco (or Italy), you will have a hard time finding many of the ingredients.

For another thing, the printing is difficult to see, particularly while cooking. It is somewhat small print, and both the words and the backgrounds are in different colors, which make it hard to read. Also, some of the pages on my copy were not stuck in the book--they were loose....so watch that binding. Personally, I prefer cookbooks that easily lay flat on the counter, which this one doesn't.

As a read the book, it is more engrossing. Jamie Oliver takes you to various places in Italy and describes it and the food well. If you are a foodie, then you will probably enjoy sitting down to read the book. It just may not be so easy to cook the recipes!

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