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Pasta Fresca: An Exuberant Collection of Fresh, Vivid, and Simple Pasta Recipes Paperback – June 19, 2001
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Top Customer Reviews
The recipes are good and mostly easy. The only challenge is finding some of the ingredients. (Luckily most of the recipes do not require hard-to-find ingredients.) But the search for black olive paste is well worth it: "Fusilli lunghi all' Amalfitana" sends us to Seventh Heaven regularly. Why, it's almost as good as a trip to the fairy tale land of Amalfi!
If you grow (too many) tomatoes or have an over-bearing lemon tree, you will appreciate this cookbook. It has a chapter on un-cooked sauces that will excite anyone with a garden. Further into the book is another chapter "From the Garden" that is equally exciting. Being an avid gardener I would rather have this book than any of the others I own that deal specifically with bounty from the garden. But there are also chapters on seafood, meats, dairy products, baked and stuffed dishes and gnocchi.
The recipes are clear-cut and simple, but not basic; short and straightforward, but unique; quick to make, but suitable for entertaining. Ingredients are unpretentious and many are (or could be) pantry staples.
There are no pretty pictures in this cookbook, but none are really needed: All recipes are so uncomplicated that it's easy to visualize the dish in your mind. Hey, and no pictures means more room for recipes!
Having so many other pasta and Italian cookbooks, I could have done without the 40-some pages on pasta shapes/names and pantry staples, but if you are a novice cook you will appreciate these sections. My daughter cooks pasta in her microwave in her tiny dorm room, and I intend to buy her this cookbook. You don't need a lot of counter space or room in your frig to cook most of these recipes.
There are so many good ideas and so many simple, interesting combinations! Buy this cookbook, I don't think you'll regret it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I made pasta for the first time using this book. It was easy to follow and my family loved my first batch. There certainly weren't any leftovers.Published 16 months ago by krmurty
The recipes in this book and their "Rustica" book have some very good recipes and the ones I have not cooked just sound good. However, it is a simple paperback without photos. Read morePublished on September 1, 2011 by S. Campbell
From raw pasta sauces for the depth of summer, great sauces from pantry staples, and vegetable garden pastas, to the cheesey and baked, there are great recipes in here for anyone. Read morePublished on July 12, 2010 by Jessica B. Wilkinson
Looks like a nice book,I did not use yet but I noticed that it has no pictures, which makes it hard to know what to expect the dish to suppose to look like. Read morePublished on August 21, 2005 by Samrah