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A few weeks ago the Observer on Sunday (a UK national newspaper) ran a
lengthy article about the upcoming English translation of 'Il Cucchiaio
d'Argento', aka 'The Silver Spoon'.

According to the article, The Silver Spoon is, 'a 55-year-old, hefty
1,264-page cookery book. They say that it's been the most popular recipe
book in Italy since 1950 and is the book every bride is given on her
wedding day. Now into its eighth edition, it's about to be published in
English for the first time.'

So has you heard of this book? Is it really so very basic to Italian
kitchens? Does every bride really receive a copy on her wedding day?
More to the point, is it worth the 25 pounds that Phaidon are charging
for it?