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The Pasta Friday Cookbook: Let's Eat Together Paperback – Illustrated, September 17, 2019
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52 pasta recipes. 16 seasonal salads. A year of gathering around the table to share a meal, strengthen bonds, and make memories.
Pasta Friday is a weekly pasta tradition that turns neighbors into friends, and friends into family. Restaurateur and food writer Allison Arevalo shows you how to start your own tradition by cooking comforting, delicious pasta dishes to feed your family on a busy weeknight, or for a crowd on the weekend.
It’s not about entertaining, but sitting down with family and friends to eat together, and connect over big bowls of cannolicchi with red pepper sauce, pappardelle with slow-cooked pork ragu, trofie with pesto, and more.
Find the right dish for any week of the year from the 52 comforting pasta dishes and 16 creative salads, organized by season. And, be sure to sprinkle in some extras like crispy, spicy prosciutto, lemon breadcrumbs. Each recipe uses a different pasta shape, so you can have fun experimenting with calamarata, gnocchetti, paccheri, and mafalda, or simply using traditional spaghetti. There are plenty of tips for scaling the recipes up for a crowd, shopping on a budget, and finding time to cook, along with wine pairings, and gorgeous photography. You'll fall in love with the Pasta Friday tradition, and start hosting your own before you know it.
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A weekly gathering of pasta lovers, wine drinkers, and their wild children. Start a tradition that will change your life.
Pappardelle with Roasted Pork and Mushrooms
Asparagus and Cannellini Beans with Mint and Grana Padano
Gemelli with Blistered Tomatoes and Balsamic Butter
Mafaldine with Porcini and Eggs
"Radiatore with Crispy Chicken, Carrots, and Sage is one of the recipes you should be cooking this October." (Sunset Magazine)
“Not just any pasta. A different dish every time. Cannelloni with Swiss Chard, Ricotta, and Bechamel. Spaghettoni with Red Pesto, Peas, and Burrata. Filei (short, hollow tube pasta) with Wild Mushroom, Lemon, and Garlic.” (Edible East Bay)
“Good food is supposed to bring people together, but the idea of entertaining fills many of us with anxiety. It doesn’t have to, says Allison Arevalo . . . the secret to that no anxiety thing? Arevalo divulges eight important tips, which include knowing your limits, keeping it casual, and feeding the kids first.” (The Mercury News)
"The Pasta Friday Cookbook: Let's Eat Together is a collection of those 52 pasta recipes and 16 salads, arranged by season, as well as tips on how to build community with your own gathering." (Berkeleyside)
“Even though we all love to cook, sometimes we need a dish that almost puts itself together and many of these recipes do just that. Package this book up with a nice bottle of olive oil the next time you are invited to someone’s home for dinner – it makes the perfect gift.” (Eat Your Books)
"Beautifully and profusely illustrated throughout, "The Pasta Friday Cookbook: Let's Eat Together" is a pasta lover's delight and a culinary treasure that can provide the basis and foundation for memorable gatherings of family and friends. While certain to be an immediate and enduringly popular addition to family and community library cookbook collections" (The Midwest Book Review)
About the Author
Allison lives in Brooklyn with her husband, Alejandro, and their two sons, Nico and Luca, where she is preparing to open a new restaurant focused on fresh pasta and seasonal sauces.
- Publisher : Andrews McMeel Publishing; Illustrated edition (September 17, 2019)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 176 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1449497896
- ISBN-13 : 978-1449497897
- Item Weight : 1.14 pounds
- Dimensions : 7.6 x 0.5 x 8.9 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #953,661 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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First of all, Arevalo sets rules. She makes a pasta dish and a salad, and that’s it. No appetizers, no desserts (although she does get popsicles for the kids). She doesn’t cater to special diets—anyone who wants to eat gluten-free or vegetarian/vegan can bring their own meals. She does make a big pot of pasta with butter for the kids, but she also encourages them to try the “adult” pasta as well. The clean up all gets done Friday night, so Saturday isn’t spent cleaning up the kitchen. And all the adults bring 2 bottles of wine, and everyone eats and talks and laughs and drinks together.
The Pasta Friday Cookbook is packed with 52 pasta ideas, divided by season. Each week features a different shape of pasta, so with the help of a good local Italian market or the internet, you could cook a different style of noodle every week for a year. She also includes a wide variety of sauces to serve with the pasta, with seasonal vegetables, quality cheeses, a wide assortment of meats and seafood, and a really good olive oil.
It sounds like a lot of work to create a different pasta every week for a group of people, but Arevalo’s recipes tend toward the simple and rustic. She chooses quality ingredients that will be packed with flavor, cooks them simply, and lets the dishes speak for themselves. And she also includes four salad recipes for each season as well as a host of recipe for extras that can be set out to accompany the pasta, like Homemade Breadcrumbs, Fried Capers, Salsa Verde, and Basic Pesto.
She starts with summer (but you can start at any time of the year, of course), with recipes like Bucatini with Summer Corn and Pancetta and Pam’s Pasta with Sausage, Tomatoes, and Peaches. Fall brings heartier dishes like Broken-Up Chicken Parm with Cestini or Duck Lasagne with Roasteed Carrots. Winter offers the filling comfort of Linguine with Dungeness Crab, Scallops, and Clams and Veal Marsala with Escarole and Stringozzi. Spring’s bounty includes Big Fusilli with a Quick Lamb Ragu and Gnocchi with Peas and Prosciutto.
But here’s the thing about the Pasta Friday idea: it’s not about the food. It’s about the fellowship. It’s a chance to build a community, to come together in good times and bad, to support each other and grow in friendship. The Pasta Friday Cookbook isn’t just about creating a great dinner. It’s about making a fuller life for you and your family.
Personally, I’m not sure a weekly pasta night is right for us. But maybe monthly. I do like the idea of getting together on a regular basis with friends and enjoying a big pot of pasta and companionship. At the very least, this has given me a lot to think about. I highly recommend The Pasta Friday Cookbook, both as a collection of crazy and delicious recipes and as a guideline for building a stronger community.
Galleys for The Pasta Friday Cookbook were provided by Andrews McMeel Publishing through NetGalley, with many thanks.
By WriteStuff31 on September 17, 2019
It's not fussy about optional details, but there are lots of little touches that will make things more delicious.