A very attractive looking book-if one can judge by the jacket proof- and one that fills a need, since Italian cooking, for the modern American housewife, has been given rather short shrift, with emphasis- in other books- on a few specialties. Personally, I liked the personal, human parts of the book-dealing with the Grandmother's kitchen, and the charts of herbs, cheeses, pasta, better than the actual recipes. However, if this book is used in conjunction with others, so as to get away from what seems over- on cooking in oil, using tomato paste, garlic, etc. the balance could be restored. I could have wished more space given to preparation of sauces, less to variety of dishes- as I find Italian cookery a definite contribution to a meal, rather than complete in itself. Some of the items included struck a low mark- in appeal- ""minnow pancakes"" is . I remembered with anything but yearning. A book for the specialist with lots of other books.