The antidote to the fast-food habit is relaxed dining, and this tempting collection of 88 Italian recipes just might turn the nation towards a more satisfying, less stressful way of eating, one reader at a time. Valentina Harris-the renowned author of Risotto! Risotto! and a leader in the burgeoning slow food movement-shows how to bring real pleasure back to the table through simple home cooking with good, seasonal ingredients that are produced as locally as possible. The dishes themselves, while easy to prepare, showcase luscious Italian fare that everyone will love and want to linger over-among them: Torta Margherita, Focaccia Ripiena, Farinata, Timballo di Pasta, and Cassata. These are recipes to relax into and enjoy making as much as eating!