Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking
I love this cookbook. I read it in the bathtub with a bottle of Vermentino. I read it on the couch, curled up with a Vermouth on the rocks (and a squished up orange slice!). Every page is stained with San Marzano tomatoes, anchovy paste, zabaglione, or olive oil. A lot of cookbooks and culinary personalities come and go, but get acquainted with the techniques and staples in this masterpiece and you’ll be in business. The braised celery with pancetta and onions! Her perfect bolognese! The section on pairing sauce to pasta shape is pure poetry. Buy this cookbook. Read it in bed. Cook a recipe a week.