Ever wish you'd married into the mob just so you could have an Italian granny of your own to teach you the secrets to perfect sauces and perfect pasta? Turns out you can get the inside scoop on all those delicacies without risking an unmarked grave somewhere upstate. La Cucina ($27) is the result of a research effort on the part of the Italian Academy of Cuisine to collect signature recipes from across the boot-shaped nation. Pick it up, and you'll be getting instructions for two thousand dishes straight from an entire generation of nonnies.
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