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1. Classic Pasta Cookbook
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2. The Pasta Bible: The Definitive
$14.96 $11.03 list($22.00)
3. California Pizza Kitchen Pasta,
$8.96 $6.60 list($9.95)
4. 101 Ways to Make Ramen Noodles
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5. Chez Panisse Pasta, Pizza and
$19.98 $11.95
6. The Essential Pasta Cookbook
$13.57 $12.97 list($19.95)
7. The Complete Book of Pasta and
$16.00 $9.06
8. Pasta e Verdura : 140 Vegetable
$8.06 $5.81 list($8.95)
9. The Pasta Machine Cookbook (A
$24.95 $5.50
10. Ultimate Pasta
$12.89 $6.00 list($18.95)
11. Noodles (Essential Kitchen Series)
$16.77 $7.98 list($23.95)
12. Asian Noodles : 75 Dishes To Twirl,
$16.95 $4.09
13. The 15-Minute Gourmet : Noodles
$12.21 $4.75 list($17.95)
14. Hot Pasta (Hot Books)
$23.10 $8.75 list($35.00)
15. Wolfgang Puck's Pizza, Pasta,
$14.95 $3.50
16. Quick from Scratch Pasta Cookbook
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17. Williams-Sonoma Complete Pasta
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18. The Great Chicago-Style Pizza
$11.53 $10.00 list($16.95)
19. The Williams-Sonoma Collection:
$17.32 $10.88 list($27.50)
20. The Il Fornaio Pasta Book

1. Classic Pasta Cookbook
by Giuliano Hazan
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Asin: 1564582922
Catlog: Book (1993-10-01)
Publisher: Dk Pub (T)
Sales Rank: 63349
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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A born teacher, Hazan gives clear and easy to follow instructions for making pasta and for cooking more than 100 pasta dishes. Luscious color photos in this large-format book lavishly show all about Italian pasta, from making fresh egg pasta to why particular shapes pair best with certain kinds of sauces. Published in 1993, The Classic Pasta Cookbook remains an ideal way to develop and perfect your pasta repertoire. There are classic recipes, plus dishes like Spaghetti with Leeks, Shallots and Red Onions, and Puttanesca Bianca. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Great recipes with correct amount of ingredients
This is one of my all time favorite pasta cookbooks. Gorgeous photos and easy to read instructions. I have tried about ten different recipes that all turned out great. The reason that I like this book so much is that the ingredients are correct and require no adjustment.

5-0 out of 5 stars Must Have!
If you like pasta this book is a must have. I am Italian, and learned to cook because I appreciate good food, and I like to eat! Eating is essential to life, why not eat the best foods, you only live once! I learned from watching my mother and grandmother cook and I can tell you the recipes in this book are the real thing; after all my mother bought this book for me. In my opinion(and my mother's) Marcella Hazan wrote the bible of Italian cookbooks with "Essentials of Italian Cooking"(also a must have), and this book is written by her son, so it is natural that the apple doesn't fall far from the tree. I have used this book countless times over the years, it is my reference for any pasta dish. It is easy to understand and follow, and after a while you will realize all these dishes are easy to prepare. Great illustrations on how to make fresh pasta and excellent sauce suggestions for different types of pastas. Lots of pictures so it makes it easy to understand what the dish is meant to look like, and what the ingredients should look like...I may have had a head start being of the Italian culture, but this book should make it easy for anyone to understand. Italian cooking is not centered around spaghetti and stewed tomatoes over tons of burned garlic, Italian cooking is colorful, diverse and subtle. This book will give you some insight into true Italian pastas, and the importance of fresh ingredients. Buy it, read it and eat in good health Per Cent' Ani!

5-0 out of 5 stars GREAT Book
But why on EARTH are people selling it for 60 BUCKS when it's 24.95? LMAO

Great book, every recipe to die for. Yummy!

5-0 out of 5 stars Best receipie book I have
I love it. It's easy to read and follow, has tons of illustrations, easy receipies. I use it a lot.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Food and Simple Recipes
So far, I have cooked a few of the different recipes from this book. Fettucine with Fresh Herbs, Tomatoes and Crean and the Pasta Fagioli have been the best received. Several of the recipes are very simple to make and others will take you quite some time. The book also includes a very helpful guide on stocking your kitchen and shopping for the right ingredients. All in all, this is a fantastic recipe book for cooking pasta. ... Read more


2. The Pasta Bible: The Definitive Guide to Choosing, Making, Cooking and Enjoying Italian Pasta
by Jeni Wright
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Asin: 1859679056
Catlog: Book (1999-05-01)
Publisher: Lorenz Books
Sales Rank: 120805
Average Customer Review: 4.75 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Great for Beginners
I received this as a gift when I first began to cook. It is wonderful!! Receipes vary from easy to moderately difficult. There are clear instuctions and every dish has a picture. There are many dishes that I use as my "stand-by" receipes for guests because they are simple, able to be prepared ahead and delicious. I highly recommend this to all cooks who love easy and delicious Italian meals.

5-0 out of 5 stars Just a great pasta cookbook!
This is THE best of my collection of cookbooks! The day I recieved this book, I whipped up a receipe, and dinner was a delight!! Very informative, easy to follow, and delicious dishes. Shipped fast, and in mint condition.

5-0 out of 5 stars True Italian!!!
I live in Italy, and the recipes in this book are true to the Italian cooking I've experienced. Most are easy and fast--meaning you can make the sauce as you boil the water and cook the pasta. Obviously, some recipes are more involved than that. Most of the ingredients required are fresh vegetables and cheeses--just as a true Italian would cook. I LOVE this book and always receive compliments on the meals I make from it!

4-0 out of 5 stars The Pasta Bible : by Jeni Wright
My wife is an accomplished "cook" in her own right and although she has a myriad of cooking books, she always refers to The Pasta Bible for new recipies or simplified techniques and variations on her own pasta recipes taught to her by her family.

The layout of the book is simple and as such easy to follow. Jeni's description of the different types of pasta makes it easy to prepare the menu and mood of the meal be it for a dinner party or just a family pasta evening meal.

Regional location of how, why and where the pasta originates from has actually given some insight to why some combinations in preparation and content do and don't work, not to mention some ideas for experimentation in flavour and presentation.

A preamble of the dish is provided with every recipe followed by the ingredients list, short sharp and nothing left to the imagination, makes it simple to check the pantry and make up the "shopping list".

The 1, 2, 3, step-by-step approach with insert photos again adds to the simplicity in the preparation and making of the pasta dish. The more involved dishes, like the making Ravioli, maintain the same step-by-step approach.

Now I know how to make Spaghetti with Anchovies & Olives with out over doing the Anchovies.

A good read, for the Beginner and the Proficient. Also makes a great present!! ... Read more


3. California Pizza Kitchen Pasta, Salads, Soups, And Sides
by Larry Flax, Rick Rosenfield
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Asin: 0688164668
Catlog: Book (1999-06-02)
Publisher: Morrow Cookbooks
Sales Rank: 21079
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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At California Pizza Kitchen restaurants across the country, many of the favorite dishes (and most-requested recipes) are not the pizzas! Customers keep coming back for the boldly flavored pastas, soups, salads, and side dishes. The follow-up to the bestselling California Pizza Kitchen Cookbook, this new cookbook serves CPK customers just what they ordered -- secret restaurant recipes, never available before. With gorgeous color photographs of the finished dishes throughout the book, CPK fans will be tempted by recipes for Oriental Chicken Salad, Spinach Artichoke Dip, and Kung Pao Spaghetti, to name just a few.

The new cookbook will include stories and anecdotes from CPK employees from around the country about favorite recipes, customers, and more. In the generous spirit they're best known for, CPK owners Larry Flax and Rick Rosenfield will donate all royalties and proceeds from sales of the book in the restaurants to children's charities.

Just like the first CPK cookbook, expect Pasta, Salads, Soups, and Sides to be one of the hottest cookbooks of the year. The CPK chain of restaurants is bigger than ever, and thi5 new hook will be published in the cool California style that has made the first book and the restaurants themselves so popular.

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Reviews (7)

4-0 out of 5 stars Whole Wheat Pizza Crust = Wow!
If you love California, and pasta and pizza, this is a fun-loving and colorful collection of recipes. The whole wheat pizza crust recipe with honey is to die for! It works swell in a bread machine; or by following the "manual" directions. I don't use a preheated pizza pan, I just shape on a cold cookiesheet and place it in a heated oven, and it works swell. You feel like you're not having all the calories or the junk food when you have a whole wheat crust, so there's less guilt.

4-0 out of 5 stars Yummy Salad Recipes!
If you're a fan of CPK salads then you will be pleasantly surprised to find your favorite ones here, as the BBQ Chopped Chicken Salad and the Oriental Chicken Salad. As for the first book, the recipes have a long list of ingredients, and are somewhat time consuming, but I personally think that it's worth all the trouble.

4-0 out of 5 stars The salads in this book are very good!
I loved preparing the salads in this book, although the list of ingredients is very long, the results are excellent and well worth the effort.

3-0 out of 5 stars Fun to read, but recipes are long and complicated
Recipes are long and involved and needing lots of ingredients. I did enjoy reading it tho, and I have made a few salads an d sandwiches. The cookbook is very colorful, great photos of dishes. I love CPK by the way!

5-0 out of 5 stars Just like eating at CPK
Most of the recipes have many ingredients, but the cooking part is fairly easy. It's important to get fresh ingredients if you want to achieve an authentic taste. Great tasting recipes. Just like eating at CPK. ... Read more


4. 101 Ways to Make Ramen Noodles Cookbook
by Toni Patrick
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Asin: 0962633526
Catlog: Book (1993-05-01)
Publisher: C & G Publishing
Sales Rank: 167460
Average Customer Review: 4.33 out of 5 stars
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4-0 out of 5 stars Great cookbook for the "cooking and money challanged"
I actually bought this book for my cousin about 11 years ago, who was in college and living on canned tomoto soup, (I thought she could use some varity), but once I read through it and realized how good Top Ramen can be, I bought another copy for myself! Since then I've purchased 4 more copies and given them as gifts; Wedding gifts, graduation presents, new home owners, new parents...you can give it to anyone! And the best part is, they'll love it! The recipes are to-die-for, literally! I've tryed many of the recipes in this cookbook and loved the orginality and creatativity that Top Ramen can do for a boring meal.

5-0 out of 5 stars THIS BOOK ROCKS!
This is essential reading for any university student away from home. It is a riot! I laughed, I cried, I ate! WARNING: Ramen Nachos WILL, in fact, gag a maggot. Some of the dessert and breakfast ones are not only edible but actually taste really good.

4-0 out of 5 stars Humorous book for poor college students!
This book had lots of ideas, funny and practical, about how to feed yourself when you don't have any money. I thought it was a hoot, but the recipes were sometimes kind of gross. This book was a gift from my parents when I graduated from high school and now I am buying it for my friends who are graduating this year. ... Read more


5. Chez Panisse Pasta, Pizza and Calzone
by ALICE L. WATERS
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Asin: 0394530942
Catlog: Book (1984-06-12)
Publisher: Random House
Sales Rank: 452908
Average Customer Review: 3 out of 5 stars
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This classic cookbook brings together 87 recipes for pasta sauces and 36 pizza and calzone recipes, as well as tasty pasta doughs, such as buckwheat, red pepper and saffron. Featuring beautiful line drawings throughout, the book is a feast for the eyes as well as the palate. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars No basics but some standouts
I've made many of the recipes here, and have had some great successes. For my birthday I made three pans of mushroom lasagne and people were floored. The chicken and ricotta ravioli are a staple. There are times I feel a little limited by its specificity and taste, but then this isn't supposed to be a general purpose cookbook. In that regard, I find the dessert cookbook to be the most consistently useful.

(A little off topic: too bad the previous reviewer resents the restaurant for having changed with the times. I've had fantastic meals there recently. Alice is an icon now rather than a restaurateur, but the institution still commands respect.)

1-0 out of 5 stars Typical of source
First the good: great illustrations, printed on fine quality stock.

Now the rest:

AW's addition to America's favorite bedtime reading, but best not to use it as a cooking text (perhaps ideas are interesting for adaptation)

Sorry, like the restaurant, all marketing, little substance.
The restaurant was good, when you paid $7.95 (all you can eat) for its experiments, but for $100 with expensive wine-list (few ready for drinking) it's an insult.

I do appreciate the charge that Alice Waters has given to the stature of cooking, and the new restaurants she's inspired, but her's is not a star.

Back to the book. Interesting read, with some original ideas, but the book seems to have been released before it was field tested. I had one of the original copies, and even some of the basic recipes just didn't work chemically e.g., hand-made pasta had the wrong proportions (perhaps they've fixed this.)

So if you want to read how Alice tells us how Waters changed the face of cooking in America, it's entertaining. The reality is that all that she invented was out of ignorance, as all of it is found in escoffier's turn of the century Ma Cuisine (hyper-reduced sauces, fresh ingredients, etc..) Better, buy Escoffier's book instead (though assumes that you know how to cook.)

If you know how to cook, buy a good cookbook, if you don't by a basic cookbook, if you want to buy a present for somebody impressed with marketing, this is the one for you!

2-0 out of 5 stars It's just not the real thing
Beautiful book, great recipes...except for one: the pizza dough recipe is nothing like what they use at the Chez Panisse Cafe. After several frustrating attempts to try and duplicate the pizzas that I have eaten so many times, I called the restaurant, and they admitted that the recipe in the book was not the real McCoy. Without it, what's the point? Side note: there is a pizza dough recipe in Rogers and Gray's The Cafe Cookbook that is much closer to the original...

5-0 out of 5 stars This book was my permission to experiment
This book, originally published in 1984 was a major influence on the way I cook. It not only gave me the knowledge to try new and fresher ingredients, but it's writing enabled me to visualize that I could really improvise in the kitchen. Every recipie I have made from this book has been fabulous, and the roasted new potatoes with pesto are the absolute bomb. For the recipies, and the creativeness that Alice Waters encourages, no serious cook should be without this book. ... Read more


6. The Essential Pasta Cookbook
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Asin: 1571459596
Catlog: Book (2003-03)
Publisher: Thunder Bay Press (CA)
Sales Rank: 274204
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Book Description

Pasta gives pleasure to more people around the world than almost any other food imaginable. As the Italians migrated across Europe to new worlds, their beloved pasta followed them. This book celebrates the delicious simplicity of many popular classics that have been passed down over the generations and also introduces innovative recipes with a contemporary twist. With over 600 color mouthwatering photographs, we wonder what could be simpler or more appealing than butter and Parmesan shavings melting over a bowl of fresh tagliatelle? ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Beginners Unite!
I found this book because of an ex-girlfrind of mine. When I left college and dorm food I was left stranded only knowing how to cook hotdogs and eggs. This book has simple, easy to follow recipies, with a difficulty rating for each dish. This has transfromed my bachelor life forever! ... Read more


7. The Complete Book of Pasta and Noodles
by Cooks Illustrated
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Asin: 060980930X
Catlog: Book (2002-09-17)
Publisher: Clarkson Potter
Sales Rank: 8572
Average Customer Review: 4.83 out of 5 stars
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How do you boil pasta? How much water and salt do you need? Should you add oil to the water? How well should you drain it? (Turn to page viii for the answers.)

One part cooking course, one part kitchen reference, and one part foolproof recipes, The Complete Book of Pasta and Noodles tells the story of flour and water like no other book on the market. Extensively covering the basics of pasta and noodles, this thoroughly researched and taste-tested guide is dedicated to the home cook who needs practical advice on everything from penne to pad thai. The experts at Cook's Illustrated present their knowledge and techniques in a hands-on way so that each and every step of the cooking process can be understood and easily executed. The authors leave room for interpretation and taste, of course, but you will not walk away from this book without knowing which olive oil to buy, why egg pastas tend to complement cream sauces, or how to mince garlic.

The book is arranged in four sections, exploring first dried semolina pasta, then fresh Italian-style pasta, Mediterranean pasta and European dumplings, and finally, Asian noodles. There are thirteen chapters devoted to sauces alone, and recipes are included with the type of pasta with which they work best -- from the simplest to the complex, but all within reach of the home cook. As a bonus, the book includes excellent photographs of the various pasta and noodle shapes, and impeccable illustrations clearly depict each step of key techniques. Special sections are devoted to such specific topics as "Are Electric Pasta Machines Worth the Money?" and "A Guide to Popular Cheeses."

"Cook's has always been the definitive word on any subject it tackles," says The Post and Courier, and The Complete Book of Pasta and Noodles will serve as the definitive reference volume for pasta lovers.


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Reviews (6)

5-0 out of 5 stars Buy ThisIf You Want A Wide Variety of Flawless Pasta Recipes
Do you love all kinds of pasta: Italian, Asian, spatzle, salads, soups, gnocchi and more? Do you find yourself in a rut? Do you want some truly wonderful dishes?

This is the cookbook for you! Everything I've tried- from the pumpkin ravioli, lasagne, home-made (food processor pasta), to the asian peanut noodles - has been excellent. The sauces are wide ranging and also excellent: tomato, vegetables, bean/lentil, poultry, seafood, pesto, and much more provide you

5-0 out of 5 stars Will enhance any aspiring chef's abilities
Comprised of more than 400 diverse and easy-to-follow recipes, techniques and kitchen tips, The Complete Book Of Pasta And Noodles offers clear, concise, step-by-step instructions that make even the most exotic recipes easily accessible to the most novice kitchen cook. Beginning with "A Guide to Pasta and Noodles", The Complete Book Of Pasta And Noodles covers every conceivable aspect of pasta and noodle dish preparation. From sauces to lasagne, from ravioli to couscous, from spatzle to soba, The Complete Book Of Pasta And Noodles is a definitive and highly recommended culinary cookbook and guide that will enhance any aspiring chef's abilities to serve delicious, nutritious, noodle and pasta based cuisines.

5-0 out of 5 stars Fantastic book for fast sauce recipies and homemade pasta
This has simple but really good recipies for sauces that can be made while the water is boiling along with instructions and how-tos for sophisticated recipies and techniques. I liked the approach of explaining why particular methods work or are preferred by the author rather than just being told to do it. If I could have only two cookbooks, it would be this and Joy of Cooking. I received this book as a gift along with a pasta machine, but people compliment me on even the simplest sauces with bought pasta. They really go crazy over the homemade stuff!

4-0 out of 5 stars A Must For Pasta Lovers!
I'm an avid cook and, while I no longer subscribe to "Cooks Illustrated" magazine, I respect editor Christopher Kimball and his expert "Cook's Illustrated" kitchen crew and have had good luck, more or less, with their recipes which, if followed exactly, are virtually foolproof. I also never fail to learn something from their informative kitchen commentary. All in all, Kimball's recipes and advice are beneficial to both novice and experienced cooks.

That having been I have to point out that taste is, of course, subjective. For instance, I've found, from trying a number of Kimball's recipes, that he is a salt-a-holic. I prefer to cook with little or no salt, as I find the taste harsh and unpleasant, and if I followed Kimbell's recipes exactly I'd be drowning in the stuff. I prefer pepper and tend to double or triple the often meager amounts Kimbell calls for in his recipes (usually he calls for four or fives times more salt than pepper, and I almost reverse that ratio). But, if your taste is the same as Kimball's when it comes to a particular food, his well-researched and thoroughly-tested recipes will be amazing!

I must also warn cooks that Kimball's cookbooks are books not necessarily made for cooking (odd, isn't it?). They are standard-bound hardcover editions that rarely lie flat (the latest, "The Best Recipe," is a little better than the others) and the index is dreadful--a fairly major gripe when you consider how important an index is to a cookbook when, say, you quickly want to find a recipe for "Chicken Soup" and you can't even decipher where the "Cs" start! There may be six or seven pages under the tiny heading "entrees," five of which may start with "chicken," leading you to believe you're in the "Cs" when you're actually in the "Es." It's very confusing. Many other people have recommended putting dictionary like letter headers (for example "CHI-CLA") at the top of each index page and, after trying it, I have to say I highly recommend this method.

All of Kimball's "Cook's Illustrated" cookbooks follow the same basic format: a long-winded, but often interesting, discourse on how Kimball views the "perfect" version of whatever it is he's showing you how to cook, including a lengthy explanation of variations he has tried, followed by his "Master Recipe" for the food, including common variations. In "The Complete Book of Pasta and Noodles," Kimball covers everything from homemade pasta (surprisingly, he doesn't stress it's necessity, saying dried pasta is almost as good and a whole lot easier) to every type of sauce and other topping--Italian, Chinese, Mediterranean, etc.--imaginable.

Usually my biggest problem with Kimball cookbooks is this: If you have one, you have them all. He lifts whole passages and recipes and uses them in multiple books. "The Yellow Farmhouse Cookbook," and the "Cook's Bible," for instance, have at least 50 identical recipes, not to mention verbatim introductions to each section and cookware recommendations repeated word-for-word. "The Best Recipe" features ALL of the recipes (as far as I can tell) from the "Cook's Bible," with the same commentary, which is, in turn, lifted in whole chunks from past issues of "Cooks Illustrated." I'm sure this saves Mr. Kimball a great deal of time when compiling his cookbooks but it leaves little reason to own more than one edition of his work. The "Pasta and Noodle" cookbook though, is an exception to this rule. While it does contain exact repeats from other books, it also adds a wealth of new recipes and information, making it more than worth your while for anyone who cooks pasta regularly. There is literally a lifetime worth of pasta recipes in this small book!

5-0 out of 5 stars A Complete Pasta & Noodle Reference Book
As soon as I saw this book listed, I knew I had to buy it since the folks at Cook's Illustrated created it. As with anything they do, this book is a complete reference for anything to do with pasta and noodles. There are chapters on fresh pasta, dried pasta, pasta without eggs. There are also chapters on couscous, gnocchi, and Asian noodles and lots more. Scattered throughout the book there are also step-by-step instructions on preparation of ingredients for some of the recipes, such as seafood or vegetables. The recipe selection is staggering, with something for everyone from the novice cook to the more experienced. As host of my own Italian cuisine website Italian Food Forever, I buy every pasta cookbook I see, and although many are disappointing, I know this one will be a useful reference book for many, many years. ... Read more


8. Pasta e Verdura : 140 Vegetable Sauces for Spaghetti, Fusilli, Rigatoni, and All Other Noodles
by Jack Bishop
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Asin: 0060932457
Catlog: Book (2000-08-01)
Publisher: Perennial Currents
Sales Rank: 61269
Average Customer Review: 4.67 out of 5 stars
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Simple Sauces. Delightful Dishes. A Fresh and Delicious Approach to Vegetable and Pasta Cookery.

Pasta e Verdura--"noodles and vegetables"--offers 140 easy and elegant recipes inspired by the healthy, delicious pasta dishes of Italy. Some quick, many low-fat, and more than a few dairy-free, these lively vegetable sauces will transform the way home cooks--and pasta eaters enjoy their favorite food.

From A to Z, Jack Bishop pairs these simple and elegant vegetable sauces--Asparagus with Mushrooms and Caramelized Shallots, Leek with White Wine and Parmesan, Stewed Eggplant with Tomatoes and Olives--with the perfect pasta for each sauce. Accompanying the recipes are tips on buying, storing, and preparing each vegetable, as well as Bishop's lively words of wisdom. He also dispels common myths (such as the need for oil in the water or the superiority of store--bought pasta) and suggests a pasta pantry for spur-of-the-moment meals. Pasta e Verdura is a welcome look at cooking and saucing pasta, and is just what busy cooks need to quickly create wholesome, healthy, tasty meals.

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4-0 out of 5 stars Not Like Other Vegetarian Books
Unlike other vegetarian books, this book's recipes do not make use of obscure ingredients (such as miso or seaweed) nor compromise taste in pursuit of lowering fat or saving the planet. Pasta E Verdura's recipe organization (by vegetable type) makes it easy to match the weekly produce special to a tasty, simple-to-make dish. Thankfully, this book doesn't require excessive seasoning (another pitfall of other vegetarian books) either. The recipes in Pasta E Verdura need to be adjusted in one way, however: Each recipe (4 servings total) calls for one pound of pasta. Four ounces per person is DOUBLE the proper serving amount. Follow Bishop's recipes but always half the pasta amount; this simple adjustment makes the vegetable sauce proportionate to the pasta and ensures diners will not overeat.

4-0 out of 5 stars a good cookbook for reasonable quality vegetarian meals
We turn to this book more often than any other in our collection of twenty vegetarian cookbooks. Although not "express," the recipies can be prepared reasonably quickly. The descriptions are accurate and the instructions easy to follow. I would not classify the recipes as gourmet, though I would not hesitate to serve them to guests. Overall, we've been very happy with this cookbook.

5-0 out of 5 stars A fabulous cookbook to be used again & again!
This is one of the very best cookbooks I have ever used! Out of 75+ cookbooks I own, this one gets used repeatedly. The sauces are delicious, and for the most part, very easy to prepare. The recipes are so simple to follow that I prepare most of the sauces from memory now, and it should take only 2 or 3 preparations before you can do these sauces by heart. With a few exceptions, the ingredients are all pretty commonplace. There is almost nothing in your garden that cannot be used in one of these sauces.

This is just a great cookbook in all respects!

4-0 out of 5 stars My new default cookbook
When I'm tired and can't think of what to have for dinner, this is the book I now reach for most. Almost all of the recipes are quick and easy, and it's a great way to get your daily vegetables. I was so pleased with this book that I bought two others by Bishop. This is still the one I turn to first, though.

My only gripe is that some of the recipes are on the bland side and some--gasp!--don't call for garlic. That's easy to fix, though. :]

5-0 out of 5 stars My new favorite cookbook.
Every recipe that we've tried from this book has been a success -- simple, fast and tasty dinners. The organization, by primary ingredient, is outstanding. We can select a recipe by whatever we have on hand, whatever is in season or whatever is on sale. Most recipies have only a few ingredients and none more exotic than fresh basil or shallots. Seasonings are limited also -- mostly just salt and black pepper with the occasional crushed red pepper. Preparation time is rarely more than 30 to 45 minutes. Start heating the water at the same time that you start to prepare the sauce and generally both the pasta and the sauce will be ready at the same time.
As other reviewers have suggested, we use less pasta than the one pound called for in each recipe.
I'd like to add that I appreciate the imagination that Mr. Bishop demonstrates in creating pasta sauces based on ingredients I wouldn't have thought of, like greens or beets, and the way that he has combined them so wonderfully in each of these recipes. ... Read more


9. The Pasta Machine Cookbook (A Nitty Gritty Cookbook)
by Donna Rathmell German
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Asin: 1558670815
Catlog: Book (1993-04-01)
Publisher: Bristol Publishing Enterprises
Sales Rank: 4636
Average Customer Review: 3.71 out of 5 stars
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4-0 out of 5 stars A gift well received
Neat little book, bought as a gift to go with the pasta machine. Receipient loved it.

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3-0 out of 5 stars Contains some useful recipes and some useless recipes
If you want to make a reasonable selection of pastas, this book will give you recipes to do it. Spinach, tomato, and other flavored pastas, as well as pastas made from a variety of grains. It also contains a reasonable selection of sauces that are generally easy to make, though if you have any experience making pasta sauces (or another cookbook that covers the topic), I doubt you'll find anything terribly interesting or innovative to try as far as sauces go.

However, I guess that wasn't enough to fill up a book, because the book also has a bunch of recipes that look questionable at best. It looks kind of like the author sat down and tried to brainstorm everything she could possibly think of to make pasta out of -- kind of an illustration of the old adage that if all you have is a hammer, every problem looks like a nail. For example, there are some recipes for curry pastas here, which seems like a reasonable enough idea if you can think of something to make that wuld go well with it. However, the author's only serving suggestion is to then make a curry and serve it over the curry pasta, which makes a lot less sense to me than making a pasta with a flavor that would complement whatever curry you are making. There are a number of recipes like this, where the author suggests using a set of ingredients from a dish in a pasta to go with the dish.

Beyond that there's no discussion of making tortellini and only a brief discussion of making ravioli, with only a few ideas for fillings. This seems like an area where the author's creativity could have been put to far better use, as there are a vast number of possible fillings that might go really well tossed lightly with oil or with a simple cream sauce.

This is a very inexpensive book and it contains a wide variety of of useful recipes for various pastas, so this book does the job it sets out to do. However, I can't help but think it could have been a much better book if a little more thought and discretion could have been put into it.

1-0 out of 5 stars What a Waste
I bouht this book because another reviewer referred to the "chocolae pasta." There is no such recipe in this book! This book really doesn't offer much beyond some variations in spices and flours used to make pasta, most of which any cook willing to experiment a little could come up with on his/her own. A total waste of money.

4-0 out of 5 stars The only pasta machine cookbook I need
I like making pasta to match my whim, and this cookbook has served me well. I have never been disappointed, although I do heed the warnings for certain ingredients (e.g., fresh spinach). The sauces I have tried have also been quite satisfactory (in the same way the French say "Ca va" and mean it's very good).

This is the only pasta machine cookbook I own - I haven't desired another (and I am a cookbook addict). ... Read more


10. Ultimate Pasta
by Julia Della Croce, Ian O'Leary, Julia Della Croce
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5-0 out of 5 stars Great Pasta!
This book is wonderful! It explains almost everything you want to know about countless numbers of pastas, the different types of equipment you may need, and has great colourful photos as well. The gallery of pasta, as in every gallery section of the DK books, makes your mouth water. I also enjoy the fact the measurements are also listed in both the metric system and U.S. measurements. One thing I must admit is that many of these recipes are labour intensive, but absolutely well worth it. Every recipe I have tried has had rave reviews. I have really enjoyed this book and hope you will too!

5-0 out of 5 stars Ultimate Pasta
Julia Della Croce is a very talented cook. Almost every recipe in this book produces a delicious one-dish pasta meal. I use this book about once or twice a week, much more than I do my other cookbooks. Just bought another one of Della Croce's books - Italy The Vegetarian Table - and feel I am on my way to becoming a skilled Italian chef. ... Read more


11. Noodles (Essential Kitchen Series)
by Vicki Liley, Vicky Liley
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3-0 out of 5 stars Great photography, simple tasty recipes
Asian cooking is a real mystery to me. I often found myself craving a simple, yet savory noodle dish but never knew how to make any. Nor did I know what to buy as I stood, glaze-eyed in front of the Asian food section in the market. This book has solved my problems by providing easy and tasty recipes that don't contain a bunch of unusual ingredients. In a quick trip to the local market I was able to pick up everything I neded for a very yummy & quick dinner. The photos are mouth-watering and will get you inspired.
One drawback is that the recipes do not contain nutritional stats. Another is that although there are over 50 recipes, I still would like the book to be a little longer.

3-0 out of 5 stars Some Lovely Recipes............
.......are contained within this noodle cookbook alongside a few that I could've done without entirely. So far, the wonton recipes, such as "Pot Stickers" and "Beef Triangles" have been truly enjoyable. I'm eager to try some of the other recipes contained in the "bundles and parcels" section of the cookbook as well. The soups I've tried, such as "Somen, Pork and Scallion Soup" and "Chicken Noodle Soup" have been good, but nothing to write home about. These recipes aren't ones that you couldn't find elsewhere. There are also sections devoted to "salads", "duck and chicken", "seafood", "pork and beef", "vegetables", and "desserts" making this cookbook diverse in the forty or so recipes it contains. I've made one or two recipes from each of these remaining sections, finding most pleasing, some exceptional ("Salmon with Sweet Pepper Sauce"), some less than good (the "Fried Tofu Salad" oddly mixes the flavors of a variety of vegetables with peanut butter), and others just plain odd ("Baked Chicken Wings with Noodle Stuffing" in which you really cannot stuff the wing).

The photos in this cookbook are attractive and appetizing. At the beginning there is a helpful primer on noodles, from soba to ramen to hokkien to udon and many other types of noodles which also includes tips on cooking noodles. Overall this cookbook is quite nice, but thus far, few of the recipes have really won me over. ... Read more


12. Asian Noodles : 75 Dishes To Twirl, Slurp, And Savor
by Nina Simonds
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Udon, ramen, pho, pad thai -- there's a seemingly endless array of Asian noodle dishes that have found a very comfortable niche in Western foodie culture. And for good reason:they're nutritious, inexpensive, and darn tasty.Now Nina Simonds, Chinese scholar and author of China Express and Classic Chinese Cuisine, shows how to make them beautiful as well. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A great, quick-cook cookbook
It's not the exact thing you'd get in an Asian restaurant, but who cares? These are great, very simple recipes. You'll need some of the Asian cooking basics (fish sauce, chili sauce, rice vinegar) and occasionally a few more exotic things, but, if you're cooking Asian, you've probably got most of these things in your cupboard already.

My wife and I absolutely love Asian cooking but we both work full-time, so it's sometime hard to find the time to cook good stuff. This cookbook is full of wonderful, flavorful recipes that don't take too long to make.

The sauces section in the back of the book is more than worth having this. We make the sauces, keep them in the fridge, and just put them over rice for lunch or dinner. Great, great stuff.

5-0 out of 5 stars A winning noodle!
I love this cookbook! Noodle basics and Using the Noodles provide an excellent background in the selection and preparation of the huge variety of Asian noodles available. The recipes are well written, easy to follow and the results are excellent! Once you master basics of her sauces, it's very easy to improvise and make delicious meals with just about anything you have in the refrigerator.
Favorites dishes include: Chicken Noodle Satay, Seafood Hot Pot, Grilled Pork with Rice Stick Noodles, Curried Coconut Shrimp on Rice Noodles, Spicy Beef Janataboon. Least favorite: Pad Thai.

5-0 out of 5 stars Beautiful book!
This is an amazing cookbook! It is filled with beautiful pictures. The background information at the beginning of the book is very helpful for finding obscure ingredients or reasonable substitutions for them. The actual recipes are written concisely and thoroughly. I have made a number of the dishes and they have turned out beautifully.

5-0 out of 5 stars Well written, well photographed, great food...
I purchased this book several years ago for the sheer pleasure of viewing the lush photography. In addition to this attribute, the recipes are simple, well written and delicious. I am fortunate to live very close to Boston's Chinatown, so have access to several Asian grocers, but have found almost every ingredient called for in this book in a traditional grocery.

Originally from the mid-west, where this type of cuisine is unheard of or done badly, this was my introduction to cooking in the Asian style. I continue to come back to this book again and again. I second the opinion of a previous reviewer regarding the sauce and marinade section at the end. Fabulous.

If you are interested in created delicious, simple Asian dishes, and are unfamiliar with the cuisine, this is an excellent choice.

4-0 out of 5 stars Reminds Me of Some of My Old Girlfriends...
Ol' Dipper used to serve in the Navy. I was stationed at Atsugi in Japan and developed quite a taste for Asian delicacies. And food too! That's part of how I got as big in the belly as I am now (of course all that Asahi didn't help either!). I bought this tome to tasty pasta because the title reminded me no end of my favorite squeeze over there. Humorously enough, her initials were MSG. That always made me laugh. Yes, yes! "Deliciously Simple Dishes to Twirl, Slurp, and Savor"! Ol' Dipper was in fact one savoring sailor with Sweet Mikasa! This is really quite a fine book. Many of the recipes remind me in more ways than one of the tastiest delights known to Old Honshu! Buy it and try it! You will love it! ... Read more


13. The 15-Minute Gourmet : Noodles (15-Minute Gourmet)
by PauletteMitchell
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From the author of the popular 15-Minute Gourmet series, here are more than 100 fabulous noodle dishes—delicious, nutritious, and ready in a flash! Attention noodle-lovers! Whether Italian pastas or Asian varieties, noodles are so versatile they make preparing great meals easy. They're "good mood food" too, making every dish filling and pleasurable eating. In The 15-Minute Gourmet: Noodles, author Paulette Mitchell shares her no-fail recipes for tasty dishes that are impressive enough to wow guests, yet hearty enough to satisfy a hungry family. So, forget fast food places and toss those take-out menus! You can have great food on the table in 15 minutes with this terrific cookbook geared to help busy cooks eat well. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Not Authentic, but Certainly NOT Tasteless
This is a very attractively presented book on noodle recipes from a variety of regions. That's a big plus. I was originally looking for an Asian cookbook with noodle recipes, only to find that most included recipes for deep fried dishes that I tend to avoid, with only a few noodle recipes. Then I found this, and it offers variations on dishes from Thailand, China, Japan, India, Italy, and other regions.

Note that word "variations." Mitchell has simplified these recipes, and in some cases, has done some bold cross-breeding (adding balsamic vinegar to an Asian noodle dish, for instance). This will cause the "authenticity-minded" to cringe. Let them cringe, I say... these recipes are not only delicious, but almost embarassingly simple to prepare. That's a VERY BIG plus for many of us, who would rather make supper quickly, and have more time to play with the kids, write in our journals, or read "Harry Potter." Most of these recipes involve only whisking a few ingredients in a bowl, steaming the noodles, and then mixing in the sauce. The result? Very tasty, very attractive, and very diverse noodle entrees to please the palette. True to the title, they can all be made in 15 minutes or less. You don't need a whole lot of exotic ingredients either -- most of the more esoteric ones can be easily found in a large grocery store or in an Asian specialty food store.

I highly recommend this book to single people who want tasty meals but don't want to commit a whole lot of time to cooking for one, and on the other side of the spectrum -- busy parents who don't mind a mild snub to traditionalism if it means faster meals that are nevertheless scrumptious. Happy noodle cooking! ... Read more


14. Hot Pasta (Hot Books)
by Hugh Carpenter, Teri Sandison
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5-0 out of 5 stars Great !
This book, and the others by Carpenter- Fusion, Hot Wok and Hot Chicken, are the most underrated cookbooks in the field. These are creative, innovative, workable recipes, and nearly everyone is great. He is much better than some of the star chefs.

5-0 out of 5 stars excellent quick meals
This book is great even if you don't love pasta. It really focuses on quick meals that are cheap and full of flavor. You may have to stock up on a few things at first, but after that this is one of the best books I've seen for those "I just got home from work, I'm starving, and I can't afford to go out" nights.

5-0 out of 5 stars TAKES PASTA DISHES TO A NEW LEVEL
If you are a pasta lover, this book is a must! As with other Hugh Carpenter books, it is the unique and unusual combination of flavors which set it apart. Also the food photos by Teri Sandison are beautiful and give new meaning to the idea of presentation. This is one of a series of "HOT" books and they are all great. ... Read more


15. Wolfgang Puck's Pizza, Pasta, and More!
by WOLFGANG PUCK
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5-0 out of 5 stars A variety of tastes in one cookbook
I had never been too impressed with what I saw of Wolfgang Puck and his celebrity chef status until I had the opportunity to try one of his restaurants in LA. While I wasn't blown away by the originally of the menu (there is very little difference from California Pizza Kitchen), the excution was simply terrific. All of the food, though items you can find on many other menus, was incredibly tasty and well done.

Same can be said of this cookbook. There are recipes in it that you will find in other cookbooks, but the flavor of the dishes make it great. My favorites include the tortilla soup and the beet salad with blue cheese, both a nice combination of textures and flavors. While none of the pizza recipes in of themselves blew me away, the pizza dough recipe is one of the best I've worked with. Yeast doughs in general don't like to work for me, and maybe it is just that I finally got the hang of it with his recipe, but it was a great tasting dough which made a great base for any pizza.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Best Cook Book of All Time
This book include many great recipes that can all be made with simple, inexpensive ingriedients. Many a time have I impressed guests by using these recipes. These recipes were created by the well known chef, Wolfgang Puck. After some practice, one cook these delicious recipes and the results will be so outstanding, the food will taste as if it came from a restaurant. Before the purchase of this book, it is best if one has had some previous experience cooking.

3-0 out of 5 stars Wolfgang Puck's Pizza, Pasta, and More!
As always, Puck gives us clever and innovative recipes, but this time they're better suited to professional chefs and restaurant budgets. I particularly point to recipes like the one for balsamic shallots which calls for a whole pound of shallots and one-and-a-half cups of balsamic vinegar. That much supermarket balsamic vinegar would be harsh and unpalatable, while a decently-aged balsamic from a specialty shop would take this dish, just a side dish after all, out of range for the average budget.

Also, I don't think his testing team did a thorough job. I found several errors, obvious to me because I'm a professional too. Regardless of these points, I think Puck is a terrific chef and teacher, although he just may have lost touch with what people will cook at home as opposed to what they would rather eat in a restaurant.

5-0 out of 5 stars This book is AMAZING!
Rarely do I find a cookbook where I actually WANT to make every recipe. This cookbook is one of them.

I've made the pizza's the pastas! Last night I made fresh spinach pasta. It was delicious and fun.

I would HIGHLY recommend this book if you are a lover of California Cuisine. It's worth every penny!

5-0 out of 5 stars Puck is a master, and this book proves it!
Wolfgang Puck's skills as a chef and restauranteur are well established, but with this cookbook he joins the select group of food professionals (like Perla Meyer, Caprial Pence, and Alice Waters) whose knowledge translates beautifully into recipes a home chef can prepare readily. The recipes are not only well thought out and obviously thoroughly tested under home kitchen conditions, but the mix of flavors and textures is sublime. Puck's sensitivity to his ingriedients and his innovative flair for marrying ingriedients stand out: the dishes are exciting to eat and easy to prepare.

We've prepared probably 20 or more of the recipes in this book so far, and we find it perfect for those evenings when you want something pretty wonderful for dinner but you're played out from a hard day at the office. ... Read more


16. Quick from Scratch Pasta Cookbook
by Food & Wine Magazine
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Catlog: Book (2001-09-01)
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"This...gives me more serving ideas than I thought possible...each dish is temptingly illustrated."--Jacques Pépin. Versatile and sure to please, pasta is also one of the fastest meals to prepare. From updates of traditional Italian, Asian, and American recipes to innovative combinations, these dishes will delight and surprise. Try a quick version of that old favorite, macaroni and cheese. Or, dig into boldly flavored Baked Ziti with Pesto, piquant Curried Chicken with Apple over Vermicelli, refreshing Rotelle and Shrimp with Yogurt Dill Dressing, and a summery Spaghetti with Tomatoes, Black Olives, Garlic, and Feta Cheese. There's a handy pasta wheel for easy substitutions, ideas for customizing each recipe, indexes of seasonal and vegetarian pasta, and clever, delectable ways to use leftovers. Wine suggestions, too!
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5-0 out of 5 stars Great!
This cookbook is easy to follow and the recipes are really good. It gives some different recipes to add to your pasta repertoire, rather than the usual red sauce. I like this book so much, I've bought it and given it as a gift several times. The bolognese recipe is awesome!

5-0 out of 5 stars Best Pasta Book EVER!!!!
I love this book! It is so well done. All recipes are quick, easy and beautifully photographed. You will feel like a gourmet every time you make one of the recipes! Each recipe also has a wine suggestion. This is great for trying new wine pairings with your meals. All recipes are so easy that anyone can make an impressive meal. ... Read more


17. Williams-Sonoma Complete Pasta Cookbook
by Michele Anna Jordan
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Enjoy pasta, one of the world's most popular foods, in all its myriad,versatile forms: noodles, ravioli, lasagne, soups and salads. You'll find recipes for fresh, homemade pasta, from Tagliolini with Asparagus and Zucchini to Sage Squares with Sage and Shallot Butter, Spinach Ravioli with Summer Tomato Sauce to Cannelloni Primavera with Pepper Sauce, as well as dishes based on widely available dried pasta, including soups such as Chicken and Farfalle Vegetable Soup, salads ranging from Creamy Shell Salad with Lobster to Garlic Lover's Penne and Chicken Salad, sauced specialties including Spinach Spaghetti with Bolognese Sauce and Pasta Coils Carbonara and baked dishes such as Caramelized Onion and Pancetta Lasagne and Macaroni and Cheese with Bacon. In addition, pasta's close cousin, risotto, can be found as an appetizer, side dish or entree in such varied flavors as Fresh Herb and Parmesan Risotto, Supplì with Cheese and Porcini Mushrooms and Salmon Fillets on Zucchini Risotto.

These tempting dishes are among the more than 200 recipes gathered here in the Complete Pasta Cookbook. Created by renowned cookbook authors and teachers Michele Anna Jordan, Joanne Weir and Kristine Kidd, these recipes showcase pasta and risotto in all their infinite variety. Each recipe is accompanied by abeautiful photograph that shows exactly how the finished dish should look, along with a wealth of helpful hints and tips. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Another Great Cookbook From Williams-Sonoma
I have not picked up a cookbook from Williams-Sonoma that I didn't like. This hard cover PASTA book is 300+ pages. Full of recipes with very easy to follow instructions and tips. And keeping in tradition with other W-S cookbooks, it's littered with beautiful pictures of the food you'll (hopefully) be making one day. I never knew you could do so many interesting things with noodles (OK, so I'm still not a seasoned pro yet, but this book certainly helps me). Whether you're throwing it together with vegatables, fruits, meats, breads... making pasta into a salad, a soup, a side dish, a main dish... it's universal in form. Great book. ... Read more


18. The Great Chicago-Style Pizza Cookbook
by Jr., PasqualeBruno
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Catlog: Book (1983-04-01)
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Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars
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"A fun cookbook for any audience." --Booklist

Classic recipes for deep-dish, stuffed, thin-crust, and vegetarian variations.

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3-0 out of 5 stars Do you really think that this book is shearing secrets?
I bougth this book , only because I saw the picture of the cover , in that moment I said :" OH! the giordano s stuffed pizza! , ( I was happy to see a book that have this recipe inside). When I recived it the first thing I did , was look for this recipe , BUT PLEASE! , this is not the pizza I tasted once in one of Giordano s restaurant. I remember that the great ingredient of that pizza was the sauce.In my home I try to do it and it was very similar really , but the recipe of this book says: Crushed tomatoes , oregano , basil and bay , salt and papper( without cook ) any chili spice ( the orginal sauce had a bit hot taste) any tomatoe paste (the original one has a strong taste). So if you think that you are buying a book with the originals recipes of chicago s pizza , you are in a MISTAKE!

5-0 out of 5 stars REAL pizza
Ok. I'm a pizza snob (pizza elitist?). I'll admit it. It's hard to live in or near Chicago for any length of time and not become one. I recently moved from Illinois to the west coast and have come to the conclusion that good pizza doesn't exist out here. So, I've been making my own. This book provides good recipes and recommendations on ingredients. A definite must for transplanted Chicagoans.

5-0 out of 5 stars As a Chicagoan, I can attest to this book!
I bought this book years ago and can attest to its authentic roots and, most of all, authentic TASTE to Chicago's best deep dish pizzerias! If you really want to duplicate these Chicago pizzerias, this book does it easily--i'm an accomplished cook, baker and cookbook collector and you will not be disappointed. TRUST ME.

5-0 out of 5 stars It's good to be back
As former Chicagoans who have been forced east into a pizza wasteland, we found exactly what we were looking for in this book! Yesterday we sat down to the first genuinely delicious pizza we have had in the last two years. The dough was delicious and the sauce was perfect. We can't wait to make more.

3-0 out of 5 stars Not Restaurant Recipes
If you try these recipes, you will not duplicate pizzas cooked at Uno's, Gino's, Giordano's, etc. You will make a decent pizza (and I've had to experiment quite a bit to improve on Bruno's recipes), but don't be fooled into thinking that these are the real thing. And the basic deep dish recipe is just the same as the one you can get free at many sites on the internet. A better book is Evelyn Slomon's, but hers suffers, too. ... Read more


19. The Williams-Sonoma Collection: Pasta (Williams Sonoma Collection)
by Erica De Mane
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Williams-Sonoma, purveyor of choice gourmet products and kitchenware, has also created a collection of succinct yet comprehensive cookbooks. Part of the series, Pasta offers 40 all-occasion recipes that reflect the company's signature good taste. From classics like Spaghetti alla Carbonara and Fettuccine Alfredo to quick-supper specialties such as Green Farfelle with Tomato Sauce and elegant dishes including Crab Ravioli with Crème Fraîche and Basil, the book offers a wide range of astutely chosen recipes. Formulas for seasonal pastas, such as Penne with Lamb Ragù and Mint, and hearty vegetarian pastas, like Roasted Eggplant Lasagna, are also included.

Accompanied by color photos that show the pastas in all their glory, the Italian-rooted recipes are completely doable, and will appeal to a wide range of cooks. Throughout, sidebars (like "Cooking with Spirits") offer useful information on techniques and ingredients; a glossary and basics section are also helpful. Though small in size, the book provides an inclusive store of superior recipes and instruction. --Arthur Boehm ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent cookbook
When I first received this book I pretty much read it from cover to cover. It's a delight. Each recipe has a corresponding full-page photo. Further, a pertinent, and what I found to be enlightening, piece of information is included as a sidenote with each recipe. I wrote down 11 recipes that I plan to try -- more typically two, maybe three, is the number of recipes that I will make from any one cookbook. Anyhow, I have made the bolognese sauce w/ fresh egg pasta and it was excellent. The entire family loved it! The sections are well thought out and can be used as a guide to what you need. Want something fast? Quick Suppers. Something tried & true? the Classics. There were several terrific sounding recipes under Elegant Entertaining. Great to look at, fun to read, and well-chosen recipes. It's a keeper. ... Read more


20. The Il Fornaio Pasta Book
by Maurizio Mazzon, Michael Lamotte
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In Italy, eating is about much more than simple nourishment--it is a pastime, an art. Italians love to eat, and love even more to share with others the authentic dishes of their regions. Here, Maurizio Mazzon, executive chef of Il Fornaio's almost two dozen restaurants, indulges that cultural urge with a collection of his own favorite recipes gathered from all 20 regions of Italy. Not just another pasta book, this one offers unusual recipes that you won't likely find outside of Italy: Beet-Flavored Pasta Stuffed with a Ricotta-Beet Filling Topped with Brown Butter and Poppy Seeds, Eggplant-Potato Dumplings with a Tomato-Basil Sauce, and Pasta Stuffed with a Wild-Greens Filling and Topped with a Buttermilk Sauce, to name just a few. Mazzon also includes simple yet elegant versions of classics found in Italian restaurants throughout the U.S., such as Spaghettini with Tomato-Basil Sauce, Prawns and Pasta Ribbons with Pesto, and Buccatini alla Carbonara. Many of the recipes are quite complicated, but the elegant results are well worth the effort. One of Mazzon's favorite Italian proverbs says, "When the stomach is full, the heart is happy." If this is true, Mazzon's book is sure to leave a trail of happy hearts. --Robin Donovan ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A gourmet's delight
In The Il Fornaio Pasta Book: Authentic Recipes Celebrating Italy's Regional Pasta Dishes, Italian culinary expert Maurizio Mazzon (he is also a native of the Veneto region), offers a wealth of fine dining selections that would grace any menu and satisfy even the most discerning palate. An informative introduction is followed with a Pasta Glossary, as well as sections devoted to ingredients, equipment, classic pasta recipes, techniques for cooking perfect pasta, and advice on how pasta should be served. Then come a host of recipes drawn from every region of Italy. From Frenette con Pesto alla Genovese (Poasta Ribbons with Pesto, Green Beans, and Potatoes); to Canederli Tirolesi (A Trio of Spinach, Mushroom, and Ricotta-Pancetta Dumplings Served in Chicken Stock); to Crespelle alla Fiorentina (Delicate Fresh Crepes with a Spinach-Ricotta Filling); to Vermicelli alla Vongole (Thin Pasta Strands with Fresh Clams and Garlic-White Wine Sauce), The Il Fornaio Pasta Book is a gourmet's delight and a warmly recommended addition to any kitchen cookbook collection.

5-0 out of 5 stars Pasta to die for!
Deliciously mouth-watering pasta meals from traditional regional recipes, described in a no-nonsense way with beautiful illustrations.
Italian food is probably my favourite, but there are some novel recipes and combinations of ingredients that I haven't come across before - and my Mother-in-law is Italian - I can't wait to try 'Rotolina di Pasta all'Emiliana'.

Each region is represented, with a concise introduction on their salient features and specialties, followed by a map, and selected recipes that typify each region - but not necessarily their signature dishes - which makes a refreshing change.

The presentation is good, with one page per recipe, often with a close-up photo of the finished product on the facing page and an interesting anecdote to accompany the recipe. The wide format ensures that the book stays open at that page, without having to weight it down or break the spine (something not often considered).
Aimed at the American market it has quantities in US measures, but with a conversion table at the back, along with a list of addresses and websites to get utensils and ingredients from.

An excellent book, Maurizio's Mama would be proud of him! ***** ... Read more


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