What a book! Culinaria consists of two fat volumes in large format documenting dishes across Europe. Twenty-two countries are represented here. The books may be a bit on the heavy side but this is more than made up for by the amount of information provided. The recipes are amply illustrated with appetising pictures. What is offered here is not a simple collection of recipes but instead a culinary overview of European specialities. Wide-ranging cooking traditions and culinary habits from different countries are introduced. There is something for every taste in this book, ranging from small appetisers to sumptuous main courses, and drinks are not forgotten, either. Several small glossaries with national terms for fish, meat etc are useful for the tourist, providing help with what to order.