From our acclaimed Essentials cookbook series, this volume will become your complete guide to Italian cooking. Learn the age-old secrets of Italian cooks for creating simple, flavorful meals prepared with the highest-quality, freshest ingredients. The more than 130 recipes cover classic Italian dishes from every region and for every course: mouthwatering antipasti; satisfying primi, secondi and contorni; and sweet dolci. A wealth of information immerses you in the Italian kitchen, including a pasta primer, sample regional menus, Italian culinary principles, wine pairing tips and a thorough glossary. More than 250 color photographs bring the foods and traditions of Italy to vivid life. Hardcover, 288 pages.