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100 Ways to Be Pasta: Perfect Pasta Recipes from Gangivecchio Hardcover – September 20, 2005
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From Publishers Weekly
Starred Review. Pasta's very simplicity can sometimes trip up cookbook authors. After all, how many recipes for spaghetti with tomato sauce does one need? Mother and daughter Wanda and Giovanna Tornabene easily skirt this issue with inventive dishes such as Tagliolini with Green Apple Pesto and Speck, and Ditaloni with Eggplant Balls, Potato, and Pancetta. To coauthor Carreño's credit, the voices of these two women, who run a restaurant in a 13th-century Sicilian abbey, remain genuine and convincing throughout. They demonstrate that cuisine can be inventive without involving backbreaking labor: in a recipe for Bucatini with Dried Figs, for example, they explain that they purchase dried figs rather than drying their own, "a boring and tedious task." In a charming sidebar, they describe the pasta they prepare for their dogs and cats twice a day. There's a distinct Sicilian flavor throughout, which means less of an emphasis on handmade egg pasta (Papa's Ricotta Ravioli with Simple Butter Sauce is one exception) and an homage to the classic Lampedusa novel The Leopard in the form of a timballo that mimics one served in a prince's home in the novel, as well as a version of Sicily's Famous Spaghetti with Eggplant and Ricotta Salata. Recipes are clearly written and divided into types, such as rich pasta, one-dish pasta, soup with pasta, etc. The Tornabenes'La Cucina Siciliana di Gangivecchio (Knopf, 1996) and Sicilian Home Cooking (Knopf, 2001) were James Beard Award winners; this new addition looks like another potential champion. (Sept.)
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Now that the low-carb diet craze is winding down, pasta's perennial popularity places it back on both home and restaurant tables. Part of pasta's charm is its utter adaptability. It can be eaten hot, cold, baked, in soup, or simply sauced. The great diversity of pasta shapes adds visual variety to these diverse cooking methods. The hundred variations given here by celebrated Sicilian cooks seem barely to touch the surface. The Tornabenes focus on both traditional and contemporary Sicilian ways of dealing with pasta. They serve spaghetti with eggplant chunks and ricotta salata in imitation of Mount Etna's snowy volcanic peaks. They top tagliolini with intriguing green apple pesto. Another variation uses five different nut meats to create a pesto ideal for short pasta. Even potatoes figure in these pastas, one dish combining them with sausage, another using them in ravioli stuffing. A regal dish combines lobster with sparkling Italian wine to sauce orecchiette. Cooks everywhere will find inspiring ideas here to feed both families and guests. Mark Knoblauch
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Since then I have cooked roughly 30-40 of the recipes.
They have been delicious.
People who come to me will state, this is the best Pasta I've had
and I'm Italian.
When are you opening a Pasta restaurant, let me know I'll be there every other day.
So, in my opinion this book is excellent and I have no idea why it is out of print.
Originally I got this in the library using E-Format.
Which works but then I got the book in hardcopy as I like scribbling and decorating my cook books with oil and tomato splotches.
Enjoy the recipes.
Their PASTA book brings back a lot of memories of their cooking and is a treasure to us. It makes a very special gift also to someone that appreciates great Italian food.
I believe that anyone should have or give away this book. Delicious, Authentic and Easy past dishes from my land.
Fusilli with Porcini Mushrooms, Aromatic Vegetables & Grappa
Ziti with Lamb, Lemon & Rosemary
Lumache Rigate with Broccoli Flowers & Turmeric Cream
September Soup with Green Beans & Caciocavallo
Capellini Timballo with Peas, Edam & Ham
Recipes are largely complete on one page and there are some photographs sprinkled throughout. Each recipe is preceded with a short paragraph by the authors giving a short personal backround on the recipe or serving ideas. Oh, and there is even a sidebar for a pasta meal for your cat or dog!
Overall I was delighted with this purchase.
There are so many that I want to make very soon.