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100 Ways to Be Pasta: Perfect Pasta Recipes from Gangivecchio Hardcover – 6 Sep 2005

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  • Hardcover: 182 pages
  • Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf (6 Sept. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 140004104X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1400041046
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 2.2 x 21.7 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,713,249 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
New Ideas for Pasta 30 Oct. 2005
By Cooking in L.A. - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I bought this book sight unseen based solely on the quality of the author's previous books. And I bought it because I had been searching for pasta recipes that did not go heavy on the standard red or white versions. This book really delivered. A few examples:

Fusilli with Porcini Mushrooms, Aromatic Vegetables & Grappa

Ziti with Lamb, Lemon & Rosemary

Lumache Rigate with Broccoli Flowers & Turmeric Cream

September Soup with Green Beans & Caciocavallo

Capellini Timballo with Peas, Edam & Ham

Recipes are largely complete on one page and there are some photographs sprinkled throughout. Each recipe is preceded with a short paragraph by the authors giving a short personal backround on the recipe or serving ideas. Oh, and there is even a sidebar for a pasta meal for your cat or dog!

Overall I was delighted with this purchase.
12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Very interesting regional pasta dishes from Sicily 16 Nov. 2005
By Elena Hernandez - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I think I am going to be trying a lot of the recipes in 100 Ways to Be Pasta - these are recipes from the village of Gangivecchio, in Sicily. The book is divided into 5 chapters:

Quick and Easy Pastas

Rich Pastas

One-Dish Pastas

Soup with Pasta

Baked Pastas and Timballos

The latter is the most interesting to me - I have been very curious about Timballos since I first heard about them in the movie "Big Night" as a rare and kind of mystical dish that you will not find in many Italian cookbooks.

A timballo is a served during special occasions and Holidays. It is a kind of savory "cake" made with short or long pasta and layers of either meats, vegetables, cheese and a red or white sauce. The recipes in this book all sound delicious:

Baked Timballo of Anelleti, Veal and Vegetables

Veal Timballo with an Eggplant Shell

Eggplant and Ziti Timballo

Timballo of Winter Squash and Sausages (good idea for a new Holiday dish like Thanksgiving or Christmas)

The other chapters have recipes I have not seen in other books, mostly using the local ingredients of Sicily.

The authors give a lot of advice and the book has some beautiful photographs of the village of Gianvecchio as well as some dishes and techniques on pasta making.

Italian food is my favorite and I am very very happy with this book.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Worth a look even if you think you can cook pasta 4 Jun. 2009
By Jackal - Published on
Format: Hardcover
A lot of pasta books seems to be written for novice cooks. This book is more solid. It gives very useful advice, e.g. regarding pasta water (not obvious to me!), matching sauce with pasta shape. The recipes are good and go for genuine taste. I would say the recipes are personal rather than some definitive version. Like: "this is how a friend we like cooks really good garlic & oil pasta". Most of the recipes are based on olive oil and pasta made without eggs. The book does not deal with making your own pasta. All recipes start with an anecdote. If you don't like this, just skip the paragraph in italic.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
100 Ways to Be Pasta: Perfect Past Recipes from Gangivecchio 19 Mar. 2006
By N. D. Beier - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This book is not only hugely informative, but fun to read. The recipes are easy to follow, and the tips are things that would never have occurred to me. I always thought pasta was so uncomplicated that my childhood "Mac'n'Cheese" pretty much summed it up. WRONG! These two passionate Italian cooks are the real thing, and my family is really, really glad I ordered this book! We should all be grateful that Wanda and Giovanna Tornabene consented to share their love of pasta with the rest of the world.
Best cooking book I've owned 25 May 2014
By Saar Harel - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Originall I gave this book 4 stars as it did not have many pictures of the recipes.

Since then I have cooked roughly 30-40 of the recipes.
They have been delicious.
People who come to me will state, this is the best Pasta I've had
and I'm Italian.
When are you opening a Pasta restaurant, let me know I'll be there every other day.

So, in my opinion this book is excellent and I have no idea why it is out of print.

Originally I got this in the library using E-Format.
Which works but then I got the book in hardcopy as I like scribbling and decorating my cook books with oil and tomato splotches.

Enjoy the recipes.
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