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Pasta: Williams-Sonoma Collection Hardcover – November 1, 2001

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Williams-Sonoma, purveyor of choice gourmet products and kitchenware, has also created a collection of succinct yet comprehensive cookbooks. Part of the series, Pasta offers 40 all-occasion recipes that reflect the company's signature good taste. From classics like Spaghetti alla Carbonara and Fettuccine Alfredo to quick-supper specialties such as Green Farfelle with Tomato Sauce and elegant dishes including Crab Ravioli with Crème Fraîche and Basil, the book offers a wide range of astutely chosen recipes. Formulas for seasonal pastas, such as Penne with Lamb Ragù and Mint, and hearty vegetarian pastas, like Roasted Eggplant Lasagna, are also included.

Accompanied by color photos that show the pastas in all their glory, the Italian-rooted recipes are completely doable, and will appeal to a wide range of cooks. Throughout, sidebars (like "Cooking with Spirits") offer useful information on techniques and ingredients; a glossary and basics section are also helpful. Though small in size, the book provides an inclusive store of superior recipes and instruction. --Arthur Boehm

About the Author

Erica De Mane writes about Italian cooking for such publications as Food & Wine, Gourmet, Fine Cooking, Saveur, and the New York Times. She contributed to the new Joy of Cooking and to the Food & Wine books Pasta, Soups and Stews. Her first solo book, Pasta Improvvisata, was published to wide acclaim. An active member of the International Slow Food Movement, De Mane lives in New York City.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 120 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster; 1st edition (November 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743224434
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743224437
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #223,513 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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When I first received this book I pretty much read it from cover to cover. It's a delight. Each recipe has a corresponding full-page photo. Further, a pertinent, and what I found to be enlightening, piece of information is included as a sidenote with each recipe. I wrote down 11 recipes that I plan to try -- more typically two, maybe three, is the number of recipes that I will make from any one cookbook. Anyhow, I have made the bolognese sauce w/ fresh egg pasta and it was excellent. The entire family loved it! The sections are well thought out and can be used as a guide to what you need. Want something fast? Quick Suppers. Something tried & true? the Classics. There were several terrific sounding recipes under Elegant Entertaining. Great to look at, fun to read, and well-chosen recipes. It's a keeper.
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You have to be careful with Williams-Sonoma: they have two different series of nice hardbound books. The huge, thick ones (e.g. Williams-Sonoma Essentials of Baking: Recipes and Techniques for Succcessful Home Baking), and these smaller, thinner ones, also hardbound but with far fewer recipes.

This is one of the thinner ones.

The thinner ones can be identified -- at least on Amazon -- because they'll be part of the "William-Sonoma Collection," whereas the huge books will be titled "Essentials of . . . "
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This is an excellent book for the home chef. It has recipes that even the most timid beginner can sucessfuly (and effortlessly) complete.

It is beautifully photographed. The recipes are concise and easy to follow.

I love the informative sidenotes that accompany each recipe. A beginning cook can learn a lot from reading them.

I recommend this book for all cooks.
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Great large pages! Great pictures! Great information! I make all of my own pasta fresh from scratch now! It's soooo delicious and I've been spoiled to the point that I could never buy store bought pasta ever again. Only takes you about 10-20 minutes to make some fresh pasta if you have a pasta machine, if you have a kitchen aid and the pasta attachments you can probably do it in about 5-10 minutes. There is a very dramatic difference and it's much healthier for you as well. I love it! :)
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My Italian friend (born and raised in Italy) had this book on her coffee table and my mouth was watering as I perused the recipes. All of the traditional Italian dishes are included as well as instructions on how to make homemade pasta and stock. I have yet to actually try a recipe, but many are relatively simple (with the addition of complex treats) and I can tell from the ingredients used, they're going to be delish. The book has tips and anecdotes about various traditional Italian ingredients or methods so you really learn a lot about Italian eating/cooking. The quality of the book is high, nice thick pages and there are a lot of beautiful and inspiring photos. My book had a mucked up "Contents" page, a little crinkled and the print was a bit off-set (looked like it happened during printing) but it wasn't enough to warrant returning and wasting more resources. This is a must have for any home chef's cookbook shelf.
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Some of these recipes look quite delicious, but I wanted a book with recipes for various kinds of pasta, like spinach pasta, artichoke pasta, pasta negra, etc....

This is a book of recipes ~with~ pasta, not ~for~ pasta.

I do not believe that the seller was intentionally misleading or anything like that, but there is some ambiguity in the language, and this is not what I'm looking for.
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A great cook book! Although i find a lot of williams-sonoma cookbooks to be a little thin, they always pack gorgeous photos with recipes you can usually trust. This is no exception. I made a double portion of penne a la vodka, without having tried it out previously, for a potluck yesterday. Rave reviews! Definitely a keeper.

Update: I've made many more things from this book, and they've all come out wonderfully. Recommend!
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The recipes in this book are very good, and this book is a great place to start if you don't know many pasta recipes yet. It covers many classic dishes, so several of the recipes are not unique to this book. Each of the dishes is nicely photographed.
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