For Oliver’s 30th birthday a few years ago, he took a food excursion through Italy and then wrote a cookbook about the experience. This was a great read. The essays sprinkled throughout really do provide a glimpse at a different way of looking at food. The message came across loud and clear that Italians care deeply about food and that it is an activity worth putting your time into. I was inspired to try the potato, rosemary, and thyme pizza from scratch last night and it was delicious. Many of the recipes are way over the top and I would never attempt them, but quite a few really are simple and look wonderful.