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" Pasta fresca , to us, means pasta that is fresh, vivid, and uncomplicated," note La Place and Kleiman ( Cucina Fresca ), Californian champions of "golden, glowing pasta" who seek to do away with the "strong, bitter tomato sauces that had been on the stove since time immemorial, with gigantic meatballs perched precariously on top." The authors prefer fare that "expresses a sense of freedom" and can be quickly prepared; their nearly 130 recipes for pasta soups and sauces, baked and stuffed pasta and gnocchisome intensified by anchovies, saffron, fennel tops or mascarponewill appeal to cooks with little time to spare. Many dishes are accessible and appetizing, especially the raw sauces (spaghetti with tomato-lemon sauce; beach pasta; pestos). More trendy are carrot-amaretti dumplings and "salsa rosa con vodka." Though the authors assert that "few people other than grandmothers have the time to make pasta at home," they offer instructions on how to roll your own by hand and machine, and provide a primer of pasta shapes, from orecchiette , "little ears," to linguine , "little tongues." Literary Guild alternate.
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"The freshness of the recipes is what them so appealing. That they are so simple adds to their charms."--"New York Times"A highly innovative and charming cookbook to inspire you."--"Los Angeles Times"A spirited cookbook that dispels the myth of heavy Italian food."--"Chicago Tribune
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow Cookbooks; Second Printing edition (June 19, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060935081
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060935085
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.7 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #782,228 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.
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I bought this cookbook several years ago. While other cookbooks while away in the cupboard, "Pasta Fresca" lives on my kitchen counter.

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!
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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.
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I've not looked to purchase a pasta cookbook for many years, as I thought I had plenty of them. But the recent purchase of a simple hand-crank pasta maker [ASIN:B0009SS6BI Norpro Pasta Machine]] prompted the purchase of "Pasta Fresca". Oh, what I've been missing--both in the book and the pasta maker--but mostly the cookbook)!!

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.
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This pasta book is excellent! After visiting Italy many years ago, I longed for good pasta! The recipes in this book are healthy and easy to make. We rarely eat out Italian as we find that what I make from this book is better than what's available at restaurants! Haven't had a clam linguine better than this in the states, although I have altered the recipe to use a little less wine and a little more broth. I purchased this book for both my sisters years ago and recently purchased two for my teenage kids to have when they're in their own kitchen! This one is a real gem!
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More unusual combinations of ingredients in simple recipes. Wonderful. The recipes emphasize home made fresh pasta, but there are plenty of recipes for store-made, including some for whole-wheat pasta.
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I purchased this book as a gift for a friend who is exploring pasta cooking techniques. I chose this book because I have an appreciation for the simplicity of the recipes and the pure flavors that are discovered as a result. Amazing.
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