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Pasta Revolution Paperback – March 1, 2012
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In addition to the introductory chapter, you'll find tips and suggestions dispersed throughout the book which may pertain to pasta, the recipe, and/or cooking techniques in general. So, now, you see why this book is worth perusing cover to cover.
The recipes in the book run the range from being simple and suitable for a novice/beginner cook, to slightly more challenging and involved, but nothing too terribly difficult. Chapters of note are "Ravioli, Tortellini, and Gnocchi," which feature recipes utilizing these reaady-made pastas, "Pasta for Two," featuring pasta dishes on a smaller scale, and "Pasta Plus Five," featuring recipes using five ingredients (excluding the pasta itself). There are also plenty of "light" recipe options, large scale recipe options, and slow-cooker options available, not to mention the classic "favorites," like Alfredo, a variety of pestos, and a la Vodka.
Above all, I'm particularly impressed at how kosher-friendly this book is. Many recipes are ready-to-go, and others require only a few minor adjustments or substitutions to adhere to kosher food laws. Many recipes are completely vegetarian. Some of my favorite recipes from the book include Tomato and Almond Pesto (Pesto alla Trapanese), the Super-Easy Spinach Lasagna, and Spaghetti with Fried Eggs and Breadcrumbs.
To be sure, this is not a cookbook for the faint of heart.Read more ›
America's Test Kitchen really seems to be cranking out books lately and I think this is starting to hurt them. Too often recipes are repeated in different volumes so if you purchase a couple you will likely see some of the same recipes. I didn't find the recipes here to be all that exciting; mostly a lot of classic dishes made with shortcuts that were very bland and under seasoned.
Personally I had their older pasta book and loved it. I didn't see what made this book unique and special over their older title, The Complete Book of Pasta and Noodles. Their books always give more than recipes, you can really read them for great knowledge to help you increase your skill set. I just hate that they have a lot of repeats in their books, I don't feel like I get a good value when half of the book as been repeated in their other titles.
I would suggest to buy the older title, instead of this one if you are looking for good pasta recipes from them. You will save a good amount of money. If not, this is a quality book with many great recipes, and lots of information.
I've focused mostly on the Pasta for Two section of Pasta Revolution at this point, which meets my needs really well. If you cook for one or two, you already know that smaller recipes often are very frustrating, leaving you with a refrigerator full of half-used ingredients, simplistic ideas that barely qualify as recipes, or doing math that's so complicated it hardly seems worth it. I enjoy being able to open Pasta Revolution to this chapter knowing I won't have to figure out how many tablespoons are in half of a third cup of whatever.
The Rotini With Garden Vegetable Sauce was delicious and more than once a lifesaver this year as I brought in yet another load of vegetables from the garden. The garlic flatbread suggestion in the "tip on the side" was just right with it, the flatbread being a little different from the usual garlic bread accompaniment. All of the recipes in this section are very straightforward, with only three preparation steps (although the "single" steps encompass several processes, such as washing, slicing, measuring, and sautéing).
This winter, I'm looking forward to exploring the Sauces from the Slow Cooker chapter.Read more ›
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It's a really good cookbook. Typical ATK book, lots of recipes with explicit directions. The Tortellini Asparagus Past Salad is divine. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Timothy K.
Provides a lot of new pasta recipes that are reasonably easy to make.Published 3 months ago by Biketracker
Love publications by America's Test Kitchen!! Such wonderful detail! thank you!!Published 8 months ago by Kathleen Obrien
Very impressed with the variety of the recipes and the ease with which the ones I've prepared came togetherPublished 11 months ago by Anne Syversen
Pasta Revolution very quickly became one of my favorite cookbooks. The first recipe I tried was the one for pastitsio, and I was hooked. Read morePublished 17 months ago by C. Bergin
If you're a pasta-holic like I am, this cookbook (along with a few other 'America's Test Kitchen' series, is a staple. I use it every week or two. Yummy AND easy recipes.Published 24 months ago by iluvcats
Very comprehensive pasta cookbook written with a great deal of clarity. Purchased as a gift for my son and his wife and the are very pleased with it. Not just another cookbook.Published on July 7, 2014 by Sharon M.