Mark Strausman's restaurant Campagna is hailed as one of the best Italian restaurants in New York. The menu offers simple but delicious country-style Italian cooking in a warm and inviting atmosphere. Although the author was trained in the kitchens of Europe, he's also a family man, so he knows how home cooks really cook-and this is a cookbook written just for home cooks. There are chapters on quick-cooking and one-pot recipes for day-to-day cooking, and slow-cooking recipes for the weekends. The Al Fresco chapter offers dozens of recipes that can be prepared in advance and served at room temperature for friends and family. Holiday recipes and menus put a delicious Italian spin on Christmas, Easter, and even Passover (Strausman is a Jewish New Yorker, after all).