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Beginner-level cookbook with beautiful photos? Italian preferred

Sir Gawain | Jul 15, 2005 02:53 PM

I'm one of those lame people who need visual stimulation in order to get motivated to cook a meal. (This is not true of baking, only cooking.) And I really, really need to learn how to cook - I only have the barest, most basic kitchen skills. But my kitchen is teeny-tiny, I have no diswasher, and am lazy and unambitious (again, only in cooking).

That said, I really like Bittman's "Everything" cookbook and Marcella's "Essentials", but don't cook from them nearly often enough because I just need those glossy photos to get me going.

Jamie Oliver sounds like a bit of a twit in person, but I heard the recipes actually work. I only have Nigella's Goddess cookbook, and though I like the pics and the prose, the recipes are merely OK. How are her other books?

Do you have any recommendations? I'm not looking for a dumb "celebrity" cookbook, but a basic one with good, simple recipes and plentiful, nice photography. I want SIMPLE, light on the labor, big on the flavor. Please share your wisdom.

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