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for son's girlfriend; she's asking specifically for mediterranean, cuban, or italian. I don't think she's a terribly experienced cook, just willing and eager. She says she already has Thai and Indian.

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  1. Any of Claudia Roden's various middle eastern/mediterranean cookbooks is a good choice on the Med front.

    1. Italian, Mexican, Mediterranean (including author mentioned above)...

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      1. Patti LaBelle's "Good Life" cookbook. It has the bomb apple pie in there...try it!!

        1. Id say Italian - one of Marcella Hazan's books (Essentials probably, since it compiles her first two) would be an excellent choice since the recipes are relatively simple yet carefully written to produce very , very good food. Its an excellent cookbook to learn from and use forever. dont think it has photos, but thats not been a problem for me.

          1. I just ordered "The Silver Spoon" for my wife. It's considered "Italy's bestselling culinary bible." Here's the amazon link: http://snipurl.com/thesilverspoon.

            If she enjoys Thai cooking and would like to sample other SE Asian recipes I'd suggest "Cradle of Flavor: Home Cooking from the Spice Islands of Indonesia, Singapore and Malaysia" or "Into the Vietnamese Kitchen", both also available from amazon.