By Melissa Hamilton and Christopher Hirsheimer
Andrews McMeel Publishing, $19.95, 124 pages

When you buy, read and use Canal House Cooking Volume 7: La Dolce Vita, you will truly be living the sweet life. This great Italian cookbook reads like a travelogue. It is full of water color illustrations and outstanding photography of food. Authors Melissa Hamilton and Christopher Hirsheimer have created a high-quality product. Hamilton and Hirsheimer make use of ingredients that are readily available to most cooks however; if you have an Italian deli nearby you will be able to purchase more authentic items. Substitutes are often suggested. The layout is excellent using red ink to make ingredients easy to read and the recipes are easy to follow. Some recipes require advanced preparations. One look at the detailed table of contents is all it will take to realize what a wonderful cookbook this is.

If you love Italian food and cooking, you will enjoy all this cookbook has to offer.

Reviewed by George Erdosh