Cook Italian tonight! If you can read, you can make my father’s incomparable sauce. It’s the key ingredient in many recipes from basic macaroni and spaghetti to lasagna, manicotti, ravioli, chicken parmigiana, eggplant parmigiana, shrimp marinara and much more. They are all here in this little gem of a cookbook. Is your mouth watering yet?

Without a great tasting sauce, you’re at a loss. Nothing you make will taste right. But once you master the sauce and the incredible meatball recipe, you will not order them in a restaurant again.

Beyond sauce, for all you almost vegetarians like me, there are recipes for lentils, beans, peas, fish,zucchini, minestrone, garlic and oil (aglio oglio), and clam sauce. The “This n’ That” section will guide you to other Italian favorites such as caprese salad, anti-pasto, stuffed artichokes and the ultimate Italian sandwich, Muffuletta with or without meat.

An added bonus are all the entertaining stories behind the recipes, family memories, and family pictures. Mangia Bene and Buon Appetito