The recipes for my favorite Italian meals — that's all my mom asked for as I headed to Sicily. It seemed like a simple request. But I don't speak Italian, and I'm no chef, so I returned home with a collection of kitchen disasters.
And then I discovered Saveur's Easy Italian cookbook for the iPad and iPhone. Its 30 recipes show that many of Italy's most satisfying foods are also the world's simplest. Find tips, wine pairings and a breakdown of the lore of Italian food without leaving home — did you know minestrone means big soup? Cook up pasta with lamb and almond pesto, and you too can pretend to be in Palermo shouting "Mangia! Mangia!