"The success of a recipe does not depend on a religious devotion to instructions; it springs from the heart and requires enthusiasm and a genuine love of food." Anna Venturi has both in abundance. Here she shares her treasured tips that make Italian cooking so special. From adding a pinch of salt when chopping basil to bring out the color of a pesto sauce to enhancing a cheese sauce with a little grated nutmeg, Anna demystifies techniques and passes on a storehouse of culinary knowledge accumulated from friends and family all over Italy. Filled with more than 100 delicious, easy-to-follow recipes and a wealth of essential information, this book is both a passionate and enlightening guide to Italian cuisine.