9780312377694Reviewed by Abby A.

For all those budding chefs who spend their free evenings learning how to cook alongside Mario Batali or Giada de Laurentiis on the Food Network, Ciao Italia Five-Ingredient Favorites by Mary Ann Esposito just may be your go-to guide when there isn’t a remote control at hand. With over 70 recipes, varying from main course dishes to pastas to desserts, packed into its well-organized pages, the cookbook has definitely become a staple in my kitchen when I’m craving an authentic Italian dish.

After flipping through the pages and many of the vivid photographs that were detailed enough to make me gain an appetite upon first glance, I knew I had to try one of the recipes on for size. I took a stab at the Spaghetti alla Carbonara and while I’m sure a seasoned chef would have had a more gorgeous final result, the taste was phenomenal. The step-by-step feature to every recipe is incredibly accurate, a factor many other cookbooks are lacking. The recipes are easily understood and translatable for anyone who wants to substitute a certain ingredient, like a certain cheese to another.

Cookbooks can easily blur together, becoming nothing more than a paperweight with endless lists of ingredients inside. Mary Ann Esposito did a wonderful job of keeping the ingredients short and precise, along with the dishes themselves being quick and easy. Ciao Italia Five-Ingredient Favorites will definitely serve as more than just another book on my shelf, especially since I still have the dessert section to have my way with!

Check out Mary Ann Esposito’s website for more information and our previous post for one of her recipes.

Abby lives in coastal New Jersey and spends her free time writing anything from short articles to multi-chapter novels. She loves to read and her favorite book genres are Young Adult, Chick-Lit, and How-To/Guides.

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