In this definitive guide to cooking and eating the Italian way, author Maxine Clark shows how to cook all of your favorite dishes. The masterclasses included cover everyday foods such as pasta, gnocchi, and risotto as well as more ambitious dishes, such as roasts and classic desserts. Maxine explains the ingredients to choose for each dish and how to prepare and cook in a classic Italian style. In addition, mini step-by-steps offer professional tips on preparing key ingredients such as globe artichokes, porcini mushrooms, seafood, and more. Each chapter deals with a different aspect of Italian food and within each you will find classic recipes for familiar dishes as well as more contemporary recipes, but all have been written with the home cook in mind. *Beginning with the basic principles and moving on to more sophisticated recipes, this must-have book offers instruction on all the techniques and ingredients of Italian food. *Written by the author of best-selling titles "Flavors of Tuscany", "Tarts", and "Chocolate".