His food is approachable and packed with flavour, plus he radiates an enthusiasm, warmth and generosity of spirit rarely seen. . . - AUSTRALIAN GOURMET TRAVELLER Stefano de Pieri learnt to cook as a child in Veneto in the north of Italy, at his mother's elbow in the family farmhouse. This early grounding has instilled in him a love for delectable and robust dishes based on the bounty of the season, a practice he still follows today when cooking in his adopted homeland of Australia. "Modern Italian Food" offers recipes with roots from the Old World into the New: from the Treviso dishes that Stefano and his family used to cook in Italy, to the recipes that Stefano has developed using regional produce. These recipes will tempt and encourage; with Stefano, there is no standing on ceremony or being precious. Food, for him, is about conviviality and hospitality, to be made and consumed with immense enjoyment and in the company of family and friends. The recipes will cover all meal types, and favour the domestic cook. With his lively prose and accessible recipes, "Modern Italian Food" will be a valuable addition to the kitchen bench and reference shelf. Colour photographs of food and atmospherics by Earl Carter will convey the spirit and romance of country Victoria.