The Silver Spoon Series of books was originally published in Italian in 1950 as the ultimate compilation of traditional Italian dishes for home cooks. It was first translated into English by Phaidon publishing house 50 years later, and the cookbook was an instant hit, selling over 1 million copies. The Italian Bakery: Step-by-Step Recipes with the Silver Spoon is the latest addition to the series, a collection of 140 classic and contemporary recipes for cakes, pastries, pies, cookies, chocolates and frozen desserts. It’s the first volume of the series to focus on dolci, the generic Italian term for sweet treats. The book features a wide range of offerings for everyday indulgences as well as those for special occasions. The introduction includes information about equipment, ingredients, techniques and the science of pastry. Each of the ten chapters begins with a collection of core recipes for baking basics, accompanied by meticulously detailed step-by-step photos, along with tips, variations and explanations of common mistakes. The Italian Bakery is a comprehensive yet accessible cookbook from the quintessential Italian test kitchen, and is an ideal addition to the library of beginner and expert bakers alike, or anyone who wants to deepen their knowledge and mastery of Italian desserts.