One of my hobbies is collecting and reading cookbooks.Twelve Recipesis a great addition to that collection. On the face of it it posits a fairly novel idea; that there are only 12 recipes and all others are variations on these 12 themes. I'm not sure I totally agree but I find his premise loaded with potential. The genesis of the book was inspired by the author's son's departure for college. The recipes and hints are valuable for the beginning cook as well as the experienced. Ask me about the pasta carbonara.