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41. Pasta Salad: 50 Favorite Recipes
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41. Pasta Salad: 50 Favorite Recipes
by Barbara Lauterbach, Reed Davis
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Asin: 0811842037
Catlog: Book (2004-06)
Publisher: Chronicle Books
Sales Rank: 177261
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Barbara Lauterbach, author of Potato Salad and Chicken Salad, has completed her lively salad trilogy. This time around, she's thinking inside the box -- box of pasta that is. Pasta Salad offers 50 recipes for turning everyone's favorite pasta selection into salad perfection. A light and easy summer dinner or an impressive plate to pass at any gathering, pasta salad fits the bill. Tubes, twists, or bows of cool pasta, delicately dressed, embellished with crunchy snow peas or roasted asparagus, toasty nuts, juicy chicken or tender sweet lobster meat, these salads can hold their heads up in any culinary company. And with a handy visual guide to help distinguish farfalle from fusilli, tips for pairing pasta with whatever ingredients are on hand, and other salad smarts, it's goodbye deli-counter, hello Pasta Salad. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Very Good coverage of a Classic Dish. Recommended
The author of 'Pasta Salad', Barbara Lauterbach, is a culinary teacher and author of two other books on traditional salad types, 'Potato Salad' and 'Chicken Salad'.

This type of cookbook is always one of the easiest to add to one's collection, in that if you like the single subject of the book, you are virtually assured of making good use of the book, unlike a volume by the latest celebrity chef or latest exploration of the cuisine of a former Soviet republic.

There are three key aspects of the book which add to its attraction. First, almost all recipes are not only fairly simple, they virtually all follow the same pattern, just like gratins, braises, and chowders. Second, although there are a lot of similarities in method, the range of tastes is broad. While French and Italian flavors are the most common, there is a strong contingent of Asian, Greek, and Latin flavors and textures from the use of Oriental noodles like udon, soba, and rice noodles. Third, since the noodles, 'supporting cast' of meats and vegetables, and the dressings are so interchangeable, improvisation can take you well beyond the nominal fifty recipes in the book.

The book begins with five master recipes for vinaigrette, mayonnaise, roasting peppers, blanching vegetables, and toasting nuts and seeds. If you have few cookbooks, these are important to have near at hand. I may have added a recipe for aioli, at least as a variation on mayonnaise.

There are four chapters on salad recipes. The first, largest, and most interesting is on the vegetable pasta salad. The very first recipe for a salad including squash shows the variety of this dish. Other favorite and unusual ingredients are mango, jicama, pears, and peaches. As you could tell from the master recipe on roasting peppers, this is one of the author's favorite ingredients. It appears in several different vegetable recipes. The second and shortest chapter adds meat, primarily chicken. I would not be surprised to see a little borrowing from an earlier book in this chapter. The third chapter of recipes covers seafood with all the usual suspects, lobster, shrimp, anchovies, crab, tuna, and salmon. The last chapter of recipes is a catchall of recipes 'from family and friends'. It is altogether fitting that this chapter ends with a recipe for the great American 'retro macaroni salad' with mayonnaise, onions, bell pepper, and celery.

The book has the contemporary 'de rigeur' feature of cookbooks is a headnote which tells a story of how each recipe was developed, it's life outside this book, and how it was chosen for the book. Except for attributions of recipes to family and friends, there is no credit given to any other sources. With a pinch of skepticism, I will believe that the author developed most of the recipes. I was almost expecting to see my favorite 'World's Best' pasta salad recipe done by Jamie Oliver, but these are all just as good.

There are a few blemishes that are as much a weakness of the publisher's copy editor as of the author. One is the flip side of my pet peeve where it is said that salt must melt into the liquid of vinaigrette before adding the oil. For all the times the word 'dissolve' is misused, here is a case where it is missing and it should have been used. Another blemish is an inconsistency in the amount of water specified for cooking pasta in the text and in a table. None of these are serious. I just hope that pointing them out will encourage book publishers to be more vigilant in future volumes.

Subjects the author may wish to consider in a second edition of this book are discussions of whole wheat noodles, the impact on a carb sensitive diet from these recipes, and a bit more discussion of mayonnaise and safe storage. I do give the author very high marks for notes on the 'shelf life' of the recipes. That is, which should be served cold, which should be served warm, which can be refrigerated and for how long, and which should be served immediately. You don't always get this stuff in your Wednesday newspaper culinary supplement.

Highly recommended if you make pasta salads. Slightly pricy for fifty recipes, but the chances that you will use a large number of the recipes is very, very good. Easy for all skills and ages!

5-0 out of 5 stars Pasta Greats
Barbara has done it again! Something for everyone. As
in her last 2 books (50 Potato Salads and 50 Chicken salads)she begins with her always helpful "Basics" and "Master Recipes" which even if you "know everything" are a great easy to read review and if not will certainly enhance your knowledge. From there it's great fun with a refreshinghly creative compilation of favorite new pasta greats. The photos by Reed Davis are delicious. Just can't count carbs at this level!!

5-0 out of 5 stars Know your pasta
Whether you are a great cook or a family-pleasing cook, looking for something "different" to serve, do pick up the "Pasta Salad" cookbook by Barbara Lauterbach. She makes it so easy, by giving you a list of 22 different kinds of pasta, how to measure them and mix them with vegetables, meat, poultry and fish. There are many delicious and different dressings that complement the salads. You will love the salads offered by her family and friends, and delightful stories about each. This is a unique touch you will find in all of Barbara's books. This is a must, to add to your favorite recipes, or send to a friend you want to impress. ... Read more

42. Pasta (Le Cordon Bleu Home Collection, Vol 16)
by Kay Helsey, Cordon Bleu
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Asin: 9625934464
Catlog: Book (1999-04-01)
Publisher: Periplus Editions
Sales Rank: 271195
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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4-0 out of 5 stars Classic and Tasty
This book includes several classic pasta dishes, using a broad variety of ingredients. You may find the perfect dish, respecting your personal dislikes (in case you don't like anchovies, you will easily switch recipes and find out another tasteful one). However, I expected more creativity or a more technique oriented book by the Cordon Bleu seal. Although, it does not innovate in pasta cooking or even increase your skills on making fresh pasta at home, it is a very good classic italian guide. ... Read more

43. Pasta & Pizza Presto: Over 100 of the Best, Authentic Italian Favourites Made Simple
by Maxine Clark, Shirley Gill, Sue Maggs, Annie Nichols, Steven Wheeler
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Asin: 1859672795
Catlog: Book (1996-10-01)
Publisher: Lorenz Books
Sales Rank: 577496
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars tasty and easy recipes
I've used recipes from this book for several years.It contains one of my all-time favorite dishes: pasta with a creamy avacado sauce.It also has great recipes for pizza dough.

5-0 out of 5 stars Pasta & Pizza Presto : Step-By-Step
I lived in Italy for 2 years and I found the recipes very authentic.Excellent recipes with excellent cooking techniques and great pictures of food and cooking equipment. I borrowed my girlfriend's copy and have made almost everything in the book.I'm waiting to buy my copy! I love it!

5-0 out of 5 stars Pasta & Pizza Presto : Step-By-Step
I lived in Italy for 2 years and I found the recipes very authentic.Excellent recipes with excellent cooking techniques and great pictures of food and cooking equipment. I borrowed my girlfriend's copy and have made almost everything in the book.I'm waiting to buy my copy! I love it!

4-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Italian for Beginners!
I found this book to have clear and cohesive explanations. As I thumbed through it I found several wonderful meat, seafood, and vegetarian recipies that anyone with any level of cooking experience could prepare. I'm abeginner at Italian cooking and my co-workers, friends, and family simplyrave about the wonderful dishes that I serve at outings, dinners, andpotlucks. I strongly recommend this book to anyone with little time and adesire to learn to cook.

4-0 out of 5 stars Clear Pictures & Instructions.Tasty Recipes
Pages are packed with simple, tasty looking recipes.The large photos show the dishes to perfection, and there are step-by-step guides for producing the pasta and pizza doughs. An excellent book that will appeal to all levels of cooks. ... Read more

44. The Book of Pizzas and Italian Breads
by Sarah Bush, Jon Stewart, Alister Thorpe
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Asin: 0895867885
Catlog: Book (1989-04-01)
Publisher: HP Books
Sales Rank: 289986
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Pizzas and Italian Breads
I wrote that I had not recieved the book. My wife recieved the book and packed it in the bags for a trip to Mich.. Some thing told me to ask her---yep she forgot all about it, and had left it in a side pocket in the bag.---My apoligy to all--- The book must have came in about 4 days after ordering. My best to all. jim edwards

4-0 out of 5 stars Great introduction.
In its almost 50 parts, all written by experienced cooks and cook book writers, HP Books' "The Book of ... Cooking" series takes you to the cuisines of various regions of the U.S. and around the world; all in easy to follow, well-explained recipes.

This installment, the Book of Pizzas and Italian Breads, starts with a brief introduction into the history of pizzas, the necessary equipment, a glossary of ingredients and a step-by-step guide to pizza crusts, and then presents recipe suggestions ranging from traditional pizzas to Italian breads. Special chapters are dedicated to quick and easy pizzas, pizzas for entertaining, pizzas for kids, pizzas from around the world, unusually shaped pizzas and dessert pizzas. Classics such as pizza Margherita, quattro stagioni, marinara and napolitana, bread sticks, various calzones, focaccia, polenta bread, panettone, and four cheese, Hawaiian and salami pizzas, appear next to unique recipes such as choc-truffle pizza, French brie pizza, grape bread, sausage and apple pizza, and sour cream and caviar pizza.

From apple pie pizza to whole wheat pizza dough, this collection of recipes, while not all-encompassing, is a great introduction to the endless possibilities of baking food on a slab of dough, covered with cheese - and at a relative bargain price, to boot. Also recommended for fans of Italian cooking: This series' installments on antipasti, pasta and light pasta sauces. ... Read more

45. Complete Pasta Cookbook (Williams-Sonoma Pasta Collection)
by Michele Anna Jordan, Kristine Kidd, Joanne Weir, Chuck Williams, Joyce Oudkerk Pool
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Asin: 073702030X
Catlog: Book (1999-10-01)
Publisher: Time-Life Books
Sales Rank: 290646
Average Customer Review: 4.75 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Williams Sonoma complete Pasta cookbook
I was so pleased when I received this cookbook. For the price it's just a great book. I have a cookbook collection and this is one of my all-time favorites. It is full of delicious , easy recepies and the photos are just beautiful. I would highly reccomend this to anyone looking for a pasta book. You wont be dissapointed.

5-0 out of 5 stars Easy directions, large pasta selections
I tend to associate Williams-Sonoma with snobbery, and was tentative about this book. However, the recipes are darn good and easy, nothing fru-fru. Making homemade is truly a snap, and now our family loves to make and eat it all the time. This book shows how to make all pasta shapes as well as pasta sauces, with every day ingredients.

Highly recommend to anyone who loves pasta!

4-0 out of 5 stars Pasta Perfection
For those who adore pasta, this book is a bonus. For those new to the pleasure, this book will hasten the love affair. Straight forward text presentation, plus informative images, insure a number of memorable dining experiences.

5-0 out of 5 stars When they say complete they mean it
A very useful book for both the beginners and advanced cooks. The beautiful photographs give you and idea on how the final dishes should look like,best of all, the book is fairly priced. One of the very best books in my collection. ... Read more

46. Betty Crocker's Passion For Pasta
by Betty Crocker
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Asin: 0028630823
Catlog: Book (1999-03-22)
Publisher: Betty Crocker
Sales Rank: 201481
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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With pasta, the possibilities are almost endless, from simple and cozy to elegant and sophisticated. It's something the whole family will eat, from toddlers to teenagers, and it's often quicker to make than waiting for the delivery man. With a food this versatile, it's just about impossible to go wrong! The only problem? Finding enough great pasta recipes! With Betty Crocker's New Pasta Cookbook, your pasta problems are solved -- easily, deliciously, and with an extra helping of creativity. Of course you'll find the classics here, such as spaghetti and meatballs -- and so much more. Enjoy an entire chapter devoted to fabulous lasagnas, rush to Pasta in a Pinch for dinners in 20 minutes -- or less& mdash; and sample new pasta twists, such as Fettuccine Carbonara with Prosciutto and Zucchini. Looking for low-fat fare? There's an entire chapter, with appealing choices such as Chicken Penne a la Marengo and Teriyaki Mushroom Noodles. Ready to move beyond tuna noodle casserole? Venture into the chapter on soups, stews and casseroles, for hearty meals -- Rigatoni Pizza Stew, Santa Fe Chicken-Tortellini Casserole, or Seafood Stew with Orzo. Want some cool ideas for pasta salads? Enjoy an entire chapter of salad recipes. And then there's entertaining -- pasta's the ticket! Treat your guests to Pasta Bundles with Chevre, Harvest Torte or Capellini with Lobster. Finally, learn how to make your own sauces -- even your own fresh pasta! Everything you'll ever want is right here -- terrific recipes, a great glossary, easy photographs to identify the many types of pasta, wonderful photographs of the recipes serving suggestions, and the scoop on ingredients. So put the water on to boil -- it's pasta tonight! ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Betty Crocker, God Bless You!
Yes Folks, I think Betty Crocker is the all time best and most emancipated Women's writer. We need more recipes by women, and recipes about making Pasta are doubly important. This easy to use book instructs us how to appease our little starving children and hungry hubbies. New Pasta is a revolutionary book about that tasty member of the food group, and is guaranteed to satisfy all palates! Eat Pasta everyday! And with this book you CAN! Add cheese whiz to these recipes to create an even more enjoyable, rustic, and all american meal.

5-0 out of 5 stars Possibly the Premier Pasta Cookbook
This book contains a wide variety of meats and sauses in easy-to-follow directions. Thorough description of pasta types and what pasta matches to what type of sause. Excellent book! ... Read more

47. Cooking Light Pasta Cookbook (Cooking Light)
by Susan M. McIntosh
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Asin: 0848724925
Catlog: Book (2001-03-01)
Publisher: Oxmoor House
Sales Rank: 262243
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48. The Best 125 Meatless Pasta Dishes (Best 125 Series)
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Asin: 0761506454
Catlog: Book (1997-02-12)
Publisher: Prima Lifestyles
Sales Rank: 599504
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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This time the mistresses of the meatless feast turn theirattention to pasta and other main dishes! The Best 125 Meatless PastaDishes gives tantalizing recipes for the world's easiest food,including: Classic Basil Pesto, Basic Vegetable Noodle Soup, and Pastawith Parsley and Sweet Roasted Garlic ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars one word: pesto!
If for no other reason, buy this book for the Pimiento Olive Pesto recipe-- it was like a trip to Spain, esp. accompanied by a glass of dry sherry! I have 2 other books by this same team, "Vegan Gourmet" and their Mexican volume, and enjoy them all. I have well over 100 cookbooks, and revisit these frequently.

4-0 out of 5 stars Easy recipes that the whole family loves!
This book is great! Every recipe that I have made from this cookbook and met with rave reviews from my family and friends. I especially like the quick recipies. As a working mom with two hungry kids,having recipes that I can put together quickly is a big plus. ... Read more

49. 100 Ways to Be Pasta : Perfect Pasta Recipes from Gangivecchio
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Asin: 140004104X
Catlog: Book (2005-09-20)
Publisher: Knopf
Sales Rank: 722453
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50. Pasta Fresca : An Exuberant Collection of Fresh, Vivid, and Simple Pasta Recipes
by Viana La Place, Evan Kleiman
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Asin: 0060935081
Catlog: Book (2001-07-01)
Publisher: Morrow Cookbooks
Sales Rank: 60636
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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In 1985 two young women chefs with enormous, vitality and imagination published their first cookbook, Cucina Fresca. For many readers it was more than a cookbook; it was a love affair.

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5-0 out of 5 stars After ten years, my favorite cookbook
I found "Pasta Fresca" when it first came out in the early '90s and have loved it ever since. The recipes are easy, simple, and fresh. Summer Spaghetti: Fresh tomatoes and basil, marinated at room temperature with garlic and olive oil, tossed with mozzarella and hot pasta. "Beach Pasta": Small pasta shells, tuna, tomatoes, olives, and anchovies. Both have become staples for me, and every new recipe I try from the book turns out well. I can't recommend this book highly enough. It also makes a great wedding present for couples just starting out.

5-0 out of 5 stars great one and and a pleasure to cook by. who ever borrows it
always forget that they have it. Your gnocchi is a great recipe,based on your concern of introducing too much water itno the boiling potato's i have been baking them, and every person who has tasted them can't stop tasting. iv'e shown them your book and they love it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Italian Pasta Recipes
I bought this book on a lark and now use it often with great results. The last time that I made dinner from it my guest was overwhelmed by the great aromas wafting from the kitchen. She loved the meal as well. The recipes are easy to understand and include unusual ideas that I have never seen before. ... Read more

51. Cold Pasta
by James McNair
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Asin: 0877013535
Catlog: Book (1985-07-01)
Publisher: Chronicle Books
Sales Rank: 284988
Average Customer Review: 4.33 out of 5 stars
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4-0 out of 5 stars Not for beginners
A beautiful book but not for amateur cooks. The recipes can be complex and are aimed, for the most part, at the epicurean.

4-0 out of 5 stars Pasta Lover's Heaven
In warm weather you will long for a cold pasta salad. James McNair has created thrity-three cold pasta recipes that are inspired by the finest of the world's cuisines. He is also one of America's best-selling cookbook authors.

If you want to learn to make your own homemade Mayonnaise, there is an easy recipe. You can then use your mayonnaise with many of the recipes.

Corkscrew Pasta with Vegetables in Italian Vinaigrette will most likely be the most familiar and is also one of the most colorful dishes. Have you evcer heard of a Greek pasta salad? Well in place of the lettuce, macaroni noodles are used.

The photography is great and the recipes will inspire you.

5-0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive and thorough.
This is the collection I've been seeking out for a long time. No other book I've found offers such a plethora of exquisite, interesting recipes for those of us who enjoy cold pasta. If you're looking for "general" pasta dishes, don't get this one; it's very specific! ... Read more

by Tom Lacalamita
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Asin: 067150102X
Catlog: Book (1994-12-01)
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Sales Rank: 422746
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Toss in the a button...and presto: perfect fresh pasta--healthful, economical, and soulsatisfyingly good!

Making scrumptious, nutritious pasta in air automatic pasta machine is so simple and rewarding that it's no wonder more than half a million American households will own this fast-selling item by the end of this year. But traditional pasta recipes need to be adapted to work in electric pasta makers, and the recipes supplied by the machine manufacturers are often too limited to meet the demands of pasta lovers.

Here, there is the book you've been waiting for -- the first cookbook for today's hottest new kitchen appliance, containing more than 85 foolproof recipes, beautifully illustrated with full-color photographs and black-and-white line illustrations. With The Ultimate Pasta Machine Cookbook you can make perfect pasta every time: each recipe has been triple-tested in different pasta machines, covering all models offered by the leading manufacturers.

This handy cookbook covers a wide variety of pasta specialties, drawn primarily from Mediterranean and Asian kitchens, together with accompanying sauces, soups, side dishes, and desserts. Learn how to make delicious gourmet pastas with different flour bases, such as durum-wheat, cornmeal, whole-wheat, and buckwheat. The pastas are flavored with vegetables such as spinach, carrot, tomato, and beet or herb essences. such as saffron, mint, pesto black pepper, and garlic and parsley. There are also hand-sbaped pastas, such as Eggplant Agnolotti, Cheese Cappelletti, and Gnocchi, and Asian dishes ranging from shrimp Beggar's Purses and Pot Stickers to Curried Singapore Rice Noodles and Pad Thai.

There are more than twenty sauce recipes to prepare as accompanimeiits to your fresh pasta, including Veal Ragu and Wild Mushroom Sauce, Butter and Sage Sauce, Salmon and Lemon Sauce, and Roasted Vegetable Sauce.

In addition, Tom Lacalamiia offers some unexpected and enticing recipes for pasta-based salads, such as Moroccan Charmoula and Pasta Salad and Sun-Dried Tomato and Pasta Salad, and desserts, such as Noodle Pudding and Raspberry Crisp. And every recipe is accompanied by a nutritional analysis.

Pasta making will never be the same again with the new electric pasta machines and The Ultimate Pasta Machine Cookbook at your side. ... Read more

53. Crazy About Pasta
by Bridget Jones
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Asin: 292155688X
Catlog: Book (1999-09-01)
Publisher: Modus Vivendi Publishing Inc.
Sales Rank: 790736
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Crazy About Pasta is the ultimate pasta cookbook, containing over 300 month watering recipes.This very attractive hard cover, full color book will received very warmly by gourmets and pasta lovers alike.Of course, The Encyclopedia of Pasta contains all the traditional receipes but also contains more exotic recipes from Italy, Eastern Europe and the Orient.The reader will find easy-to-follow step-by-step instructions and superb color photography.The ever lasting popularty of Pasta will ensure the success of this edition in all markets. ... Read more

54. Bugialli on Pasta
by Giulliano Bugialli
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Asin: 1556709846
Catlog: Book (2000-06-15)
Publisher: Stewart, Tabori and Chang
Sales Rank: 76994
Average Customer Review: 4.33 out of 5 stars
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Master chef Giuliano Bugialli comes home to Stewart, Tabori & Chang with a completely revised and enlarged edition of his best-selling Bugialli on Pasta.A confirmed classic, the cookbook has sold more than 50,000 copies since its publication in 1988. Updated to cover all the changes the past decade has brought to our perception of pasta, the new Bugialli will demand its own place in the kitchens of cooks who appreciate authentic and inventive Italian cuisine.

In addition to its 190 classics, the new Bugialli on Pasta features 30 never-before-published recipes. From Sicily's Minestra di Pasta all'Aragosta (Lobster Soup with Pasta)to Bologna's Tagliatelle al Rag alla Bolognese (Tagliatelle with Bolognese Rag Meat Sauce), Bugialli offers traditional dishes that have been honed for centuries in all the regions of Italy. Penne Strascicate alla Lucchese tosses sausages, herbs, tomatoes, and cream with bite-sized tubes for a taste that typifies the hearty cuisine of its namesake city, Lucca. Pansoti o Pansooti alle Noci presents Genoa's triangular-shaped pockets, stuffed with ricotta, Parmesan, Swiss chard, and watercress, then garnished with walnuts.

For cooks intent on capturing the simple yet savory cuisine of Italy in their own saucepans, Bugialli on Pasta is essential. A chapter devoted to homemade ingredients will please the chef who wishes to make pasta dishes from scratch. A new designand 100 photographs taken specially for this edition on location in Italy further invigorate the revised edition. Infused with Bugialli's encouragement and extensive knowledge, this book just might inspire the reader to attempt all 220 recipes. ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars Beautiful and useful, but...
Bugialli has produced a good cookbook that has many useful recipes and is decorated with some beautiful photos. However, the book falls short in two areas.

First, he refers to recipes in other cookbooks he's written. Without those recipes, some dishes can't be made. Fortunately there aren't many of these instances; but, each book should stand on its own and not require the reader to get several books to make one recipe.

Second, Bugialli doesn't give much advice on making the eggless pasta that traditionally is used for pesto. Because it is just a mixture of flour, water, and salt, this pasta must be handled a bit more carefully to avoid making glue. Ask me how I know that.

Fortunately, the book has some excellent recipes that go beyond the usual fare. The dishes with seafood and vegetables are particularly good. This makes the weaknesses described above tolerable.

5-0 out of 5 stars The All Star Pasta Cookbook
If you want to buy one cookbook to learn all aspects of pasta making and preparation, this one would be my recommendation. Bugialli, an expert on Italian cuisine in general, shines on his own when it comes to pasta. As the Italian Food Host @ BellaOnline, I cannot begin to tell you how many times I have pulled this book off the shelf to use as a reference. If you love pasta, this book should be in your collection!

5-0 out of 5 stars Purity and beauty
Bugialli is ever the purist in his pusuit of good, authentic and classic Italian recipes.

Many of these recipes occur in variations in other cookbooks, but Bugialli has done his research and work with regard to the recipes. The research was done in finding the purest and most traditional (and best) ways of preparing them. The work was done in adapting the recipes so they will succeed for N. American cooks.

There is incredible variety in the recipes! Pasta with all manner of vegetables and meat and cheese. There are even some tomato sauces. Many of the recipes are quite simple; some are quite complex.

Most recipes have a preface with notes on history, tradition, cooking tips, etc. There are illustrations demonstrating most of the important techniques. The recipes are organized by major ingredient (other than pasta, such as vegetables or cheese). There is also a section on notable regional pastas, though all the recipes that are in the other sections designate the region(s) of their origin.

Also, there are many beautiful, full-color photos of many of the recipes and of scenes in Italy. The paper is heavy and resilient (not many books use this fine grade of paper!).

I have been very pleased with the results so far. The Bucatini all' Amatriciana was possibly the simplest recipe I have encountered for it, yet it tasted the best: it is the recipe I will make from now on. There is a surprisingly good mushroom-meat sauce (complex, deep flavors). The marinara sauce is simple to make but very good. Etc. Etc.

One criticism I have is that the pictures of the techniques are not necessarily near the recipe(s) they pertain to. It is a minor annoyance to have to scour the book looking for the pictures (did I miss some reference to the page they were on?)

If you love pasta and wish to explore it through fine Italian recipes, this book would be my first choice. If you just want a really good starter book on pasta, this one fits the bill for that, too. This book is destined to become a classic on the subject. ... Read more

55. Pasta Light: Over 200 Great Taste, Low Fat Pasta Recipes
by Time-Life Books
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Asin: 0737000007
Catlog: Book (1998-02-01)
Publisher: Time-Life Books
Sales Rank: 315031
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars A Great Pasta Book
This book is one of my favorites. It covers beef, chicken, fish, shellfish and vegetarian pasta dishes. Each recipe has a full color photograph of the dish. It has a hardcover and the book stays open easily while you're cooking. So far I've made ten of the dishes and they've all been good. I can not say enough good things about this book. Most of the recipes are simple and easy enough for beginners to use.

3-0 out of 5 stars Definitely light weight pastas.
Some of the recipes have excess pasta. If you want a little less filler, cut back on the specified pasta quantity. ... Read more

56. The Robert Rose Book of Classic Pasta
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Asin: 1896503039
Catlog: Book (1997-09-01)
Publisher: Robert Rose
Sales Rank: 873171
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57. The Great Book of Couscous: Classic Cuisines of Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia
by Copeland Marks, Donald I Fine
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Catlog: Book (1997-05-01)
Publisher: Plume Books
Sales Rank: 486709
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Copeland Marks has written prolifically about authentic ethnic food, covering every place from Guatemala to the Himalayas. In The Great Book of Couscous Marks presents the history and culinary brilliance of Morocco, Algeria, and Tunisia; the region of North Africa also know as the Maghreb. Couscous is a common cooking ingredient, along spices--particularly cinnamon, cumin, coriander and paprika, in all these countries. Each of these areas was also originally populated by the Berbers, occupied by the Ottoman Turks and the Arabs, then colonized by the French. These cultures heavily influenced the local cooking, with some differences in each.

Moroccan food is the most complex and sophisticated, Marks explains. Dishes may blend half a dozen spices, along with dried fruit and salt preserved lemons or olives. Tunisian food is relatively simple and hot, though many cooks will still find it amply robust and intriguing. Algerian food, Marks claims, is the most creative, as well as the most marked by French influences. Armchair chefs will enjoy the colorful descriptions of the markets, visits with home cooks, and experiences in restaurants. The recipes for the many tagines or stews, roasted chickens, and other dishes are easy to follow. Their ingredients are mostly available at supermarkets. The inclusion of Jewish dishes from the Maghreb make this a particularly interesting book for many people not familiar with the garlic-rich Moroccan Chickpea Stew or Algerian Merguez Juive, a sausage made with lamb or beef, cumin, coriander, and fiery chile powder. Though it takes some work to prepare the clear, precisely written recipes Marks provides, the aromatic, succulent results are worth the effort. --Dana Jacobi ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Thorough review of North African Food
This author certainly knows the subject matter of this work and offers much in the way of descriptive background and recipes.

A favorite from the book is the Kesksou Bil Djedg (Chicken couscous) a staple dish of Algeria. It is so good and healthy with vegiies and all the spices of this region.

Included also are the typical fare of the area, tagines, and bastilla.

I prefer Wolfert's works on this fare.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent, all-season recipes for fresh, flavorful dishes
I consult this book after just about every trip to the farmer's market. It's an excellent source of fairly exotic, easy to prepare dishes, almost every one of which turning out a great success. Several lamb stews, one with dried prunes and raisins, another with parsley and fennel, kumin-seasoned carrots, couscous with chickpeas and onions and stuffed cornish hens with apricots, almonds and honey have all received rave reviews at our table. No recipes are overly elaborate, the problem is, to not become overly enthusiastic and try to cook up a whole chapter at a time. ... Read more

58. Mangia Pasta!: Easy-To-Make Recipes for Company and Every Day
by Mary Ann Esposito
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Asin: 0688161898
Catlog: Book (1998-11-01)
Publisher: Morrow Cookbooks
Sales Rank: 302345
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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When it comes to pasta, Mary Ann Esposito knows how to satisfy the heartiest of eaters. The host of the public television series "Ciao Italia!" now delivers 75 delectable reasons to keep pasta in your diet. Whether you want to make pasta by hand, or serve it from a box, Mangia Pasta! helps you create delicious pasta dishes for first courses, main meals -- even dessert!

Mary Ann uses the most popular as well as the lesser-known pastas-from Eggplant and Angel Hair Bundles to Fregola (a hard-wheat pasta) with Clams, from Linguine with Artichoke Sauce to Pici (a thin spaghetti) with Mint and Walnut Sauce, from Half-Moon Pasta with Potatoes and Ricotta Cheese to Gnocchi and Escarole Soup. There are recipes for any day of the week and for those fancier occasions, to a dinner party (Pettole with Lamb and Champagne Sauce), brunch (Frittelle di Taglierini -- a pasta omelet!), or any other special meal. Complete with full-color photographs and step-by-step technique shots, Mangia Pasta! is sure to be your pasta bible.

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5-0 out of 5 stars someone who knows good food when they eat it
Great recipies, easy to follow. Fabulous pasta dishes just like Grandma used to make ... Read more

59. Pasta: A Passion
by Nina Dreyer Hensley, Paul Lowe, Jim Hensley, Paul Lwe
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Catlog: Book (1999-09-01)
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5-0 out of 5 stars easy pasta
Once I heard a food professional writer comment that if she reviewed a cookbook and found three recipes she wanted to try it was a successful book. With this book it would be difficult to find three recipes you wouldnot want to try. The fresh and imaginative recipes are easy to follow withmany taking 30 minutes or less to prepare. Every recipe is illustrated inglorious color. The book is in a large ring binding that opens flat forkitchen convenience. Many of the recipes are vegetarian. ... Read more

60. Quick and Easy Past Recipes (Nitty Gritty Cookbooks)
by Coleen Simmons, Bob Simmons
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Asin: 1558672710
Catlog: Book (2003-01-01)
Publisher: Nitty Gritty Cookbooks
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Average Customer Review: 4.67 out of 5 stars
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4-0 out of 5 stars Unlovely but Essential for Pasta from Scratch
Ignore the Format

If you're like me, you enjoy beautiful cookbooks with full-color photos of every dish, each perfectly prepared, garnished and groomed by a food stylist, and plated on co-ordinating dinnerware. This is not one of those books. This book is not even book-sized, has one photo (the [soft]cover), and feels only slightly more expensive than the pad of Mad Libs you took on junior high field trips. It is, however, indispensible if you're looking to make your own pasta from scratch, especially with the aid of a food processor. Forget breaking eggs into a well of flour and hoping your kitchen doesn't end up looking struck by nuclear winter. These recipes work quickly and well, even in a humid kitchen.

Basic Pasta Plus

The basic pasta recipe is great, especially for lasagne noodles you can custom-cut to fit your pan, but the real reason to make your own pasta is to make flavors you can't readily buy in the store. I've tried the spinach pasta and red pepper pasta variants, both with success. The book also has very helpful instructions for using a pasta machine. You can make these recipes with just a kitchen counter, a rolling pin, and a sharp knife, but I wouldn't recommend it. Unless you're researching traditional cooking or enjoy martyrdom, use a food processor and have your hand-cranked or electric pasta roller and cutter standing by.

Maybe Buy Capers but Don't Change Your Life

Even though making fresh pasta is usually a weekend project, the authors have made quite a stab towards weeknight convenience on the basis that once you've made and dried your pasta, it will keep for several weeks. The book includes many recipes for sauces that can be assembled and cooked in the time it takes to cook your pasta. There is also a section on how to set up a pasta addict's pantry so you can be ready to transform whatever is lingering in your fridge into a quick weeknight sauce. WARNING: Unless you harbor constant cravings for sundried tomato paste and the many permutations of tinned anchovies, this section is a mistake.

Alfredo Only

The majority of the sauce recipes, although fast, tended to be either amazingly oily or very humdrum in comparison with some of the better jarred sauces. The recipes are simple enough to preclude spectacular failures, but most don't justify effort beyond popping the vacuum seal on some Barilla sauce. The exception to this was the recipe for authentic Alfredo sauce, which was both fast and delicious as promised; my dinner guests have quietly asked for this recipe following the meal. The pesto recipe works--with more basil and less oil--but I rail against a recipe that requires major modifications to meet my taste. Alfredo aside, I'd recommend making up your own sauce recipes or checking back issues of Cook's Illustrated magazine.

In short, buy this book for the pasta recipes and the education in pasta making--it IS worth it; make the lovely Alfredo if you're not on a diet; and look elsewhere for colorful sauces and photos to match.

5-0 out of 5 stars Works for kids
My friend and I are teen-agers and though we can't cook much else, these recipes are what they're advertised to be: quick, extremely easy, and they're delicious too. My parents will even eat my cooking with these recipes. I highly recommend this book, for any level. You won't regret buying this book!

5-0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Pasta Recipes, a must to all pasta lovers.
Pasta Lovers,

This is one of the greatest pasta cook books on the market today. My father and I are constantly searching for new pasta flavors and this little book is our favorite. My book is so worn and used I have to buy another copy soon. Highlights are the white clam sauce and the meatball sauce.

Try them all with the wine suggestions. You will want to personally thank Coleen and Bob.

Matthew Walsh ... Read more

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