Jamie's Italy. Jamie Oliver by Jamie Oliver
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
For anyone beginning to explore Italian, this book would be a perfect starting point. I say this as not only does Oliver provide wonderful recipes, the Italian-ness of them is explained. Each dish has a story, and Oliver is an expert in telling it. I'd also highly recommend it as this is from a chef who is not only trained in the Italian way of cooking by Italians, but wrote the book, and discovered many of the recipes, because he went to Italy and bothered to look beyond pizza and pasta (though both are included) and talk to people at markets, in their homes, and in small local places.
Oliver's Italy is the real Italy, and their is no point learning about anything else!