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The Top One Hundred Pasta Sauces (Square Peg Cookery Classics) [Hardcover]

Diane Seed
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2 Aug 2012 Square Peg Cookery Classics

The Top One Hundred Pasta Sauces is a classic Italian cook book that has sold over a million copies and been translated into 12 languages. For this charming addition Diane Seed has fully revised the recipes, with several delicious and easy recipes.

With flavours bursting from the simplest ingredients, authentic Italian pasta dishes can make home cooking truly sensational. The scent of torn basil leaves; the sizzle of pan-fried prawns; the sight of an olive-studded spaghetti alla puttanesca: pasta sauces invigorate all the senses. In this definitive collection, Diane Seed shares the one hundred best sauce recipes she has encountered in 40 years of living, eating and cooking in Italy. Infinitely varied, it includes specialities from regions across Italy and classic recipes we've come to love that are both delicious and economical, plus a few extra-special dishes that are perfect for occasions.

Top One Hundred Pasta Sauces is an indispensible selection that is as wide-ranging as Italian culture itself. Trusted by cooks for over 25 years, its sensational yet simple recipes are an essential ingredient in every kitchen.

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  • Hardcover: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Square Peg (2 Aug 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0224095323
  • ISBN-13: 978-0224095327
  • Product Dimensions: 20 x 13 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 88,033 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"I bought my copy of this book more years ago than I can count ... I remain loyal to this trusted volume, and am so happy to see a reissue which makes the title available to those who missed it in its original edition" (

"Diane Seed is one of the few foreigners to take Italian food to her heart. She has a very big knowledge of it and in this she has written about pasta sauces thoroughly" (Antonio Carluccio)

"To talk of pasta, the essence of the family, is like telling the story of the people and Seed, with her sensitivity for the food and for Italian culture, is one of its great interpreters" (Alfonso Iaccarino, 2-Michelin-starred chef and owner, Ristorante Don Alfonso)

Book Description

The definitive, million-selling collection of Italian pasta sauce recipes, fully revised and beautifully repackaged

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best! 29 Aug 1999
By A Customer
This book is fantastic! I bought it when I lived in Rome, and had heard of Diane's work through a friend from St. George's school. The recipes are easy to follow, authentic, and duplicate only the best of the pastas my wife and I enjoyed in Italy. Yesterday I tried the Spaghetti Maria Grazia for the first time, and it was unbelievably good. I'm going to order her other two books, soon.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
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A well-written, beautiful book on the topic of *real* Italian pasta. If you think of pasta as a pile of noodles drenched in a slow-cooked red sauce, this book will open your eyes to the possibility of quick, tasty sauces of all sorts. It also includes both metric and "standard" measurements of the ingedients, a great help to international users. The tomato/orange sauce is wonderfull with sausage ravioli!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Quick and easy 10 Dec 2003
This is a great book for cooks of all abilities. there are all the classic sauces and suggestions for those who want to experiment with a "new" sauce. a great book to introduce kids to healthy eating as well.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yes. yes, yes. 18 Nov 1996
By A Customer
This is a wonderful, simple book of the most
authentic Italian pasta sauces you will find.
The author is English, but has lived in Italy for many years.
Having also traveled to Italy, I can attest to the
authenticity of the recipes--I make them and they take
me back to harborside trattorias. These recipes
are not for people who enjoy Chef Boyardee Spaghetti and
Meatballs--they are for people who enjoyed the movie
"Big Night." Most recipes are healthy in the Mediterranean
style--but many are decidedly not low fat. My only
suggestion would be to include lower fat ingredient
alternatives, but you can do that yourself.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great, authentic sauces, easily prepared. 29 Sep 1997
By A Customer
I bought this book some years ago and have made many of the sauces in it. Favorite is Puttanesca, a rich, tasty, very flavorful way to liven up the pasta, and it takes only minutes. As a bonus, the book has great watercolor illustrations that make it a pleasure to read and whet the appetite.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simple good recipes 14 Dec 1998
By A Customer
I like this book because of the simplicity in most of the recipe's.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Regarded 18 Feb 2013
By I. Darren TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Don't judge a book by its cover else you might stick this rather slim little book that claims to feature the top 100 pasta sauces back on the shelf. Good things can come in little packages.

This is a book that has been reprinted many times, so either the author has been doing something right and the book has been in high demand or the publishers have been playing it safe and only printing a hundred copies or so at a time. After looking at this book I think it is safe to guess which...

Things here are concise, to the point, without verbiage. You get given a quick little primer about the importance of saucing your pasta, selecting the pasta, cooking the pasta and even what to do with leftover pasta and then it is straight into the all important sauces. Nominally split into vegetable sauces, fish and shellfish sauces, cheese sauces, meat sauces and sauces for special occasions this is not so much a real book division but a mere statement of signposting and an impromptu index of the sauces on offer.

Straight away when browsing through the book you can get a lot of inspiration and a few "can you really do that?" responses. Yet the author has not tried to make wild and wacky sauces to shock and/or amaze, but these are on the whole regular mainstay sauces that could and do grace many an Italian table "just like how mamma used to make". Of course, question 100 different Italian men and invariably their mother made the definitive sauce, based on her grandmother's recipe, and of course anyone else's is a pale imitation/worse than melted plastic, etc, etc.

No full-colour photographs to help inspire either, which is a shame, just a few scene setting drawings that, to be honest, don't really set any scenes.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wads-a-matter-you....Hey! 8 Sep 2007
This lovely book only dropped onto my doormat TODAY, and already I count it amongst my favourite cook books (and I do have a fair few....)

Slim enough in hardback form to lay open on your work top, thick enough to cover all the basics and even to include a few you might not have heard of. Just enough background to each sauce to give you something interesting to tell your dinner guests and make them think you very knowledgeable.

Vegetarians will find more than enough inspiration to keep them amused in their otherwise sad and empty lives, whilst the health conscious can find plenty to feel smug about.

Measures are given in Metric, Imperial and American, just don't mix and match within a recipe.

Yes, there are pictures. However, they are cutsey pastel drawings and not very relevant. Nice to look at though.

A simple recipe for hand made pasta would have been a boon, but a simple search online will help you out in that department, if needed.

On the whole, a very useful and well researched book. Add it to your collection with a used copy for under a pound plus postage.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars A good reference volume for a wide variety of pasta sauces
Plenty of recipes here in a small convenient format. The advice is authoritative as far as it goes and the breadth of coverage is certainly thorough. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Cmmdrdata
5.0 out of 5 stars Hidden gem of a cookbook
This cookbook is a hidden gem. It's simple recipes are authentic and easy to make, like most pasta recipes in Italy. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Lilly
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Pasta Sauces
This book deserves its great reputation. It costs very little and is full of great ideas, but do not expect illustrations.
Published 14 months ago by sophietrophy
4.0 out of 5 stars good value
Lots of really good ideas to make a perfect pasta meal. Bought together with Marvellous meals with mince which is really needed.
Published 16 months ago by mr i.a.prosser
5.0 out of 5 stars Christmas Prezzie
Bought this for a stocking filler for my eldest son who loves to make sauces . Very pleased with results so far .
Published 17 months ago by Ruthie
5.0 out of 5 stars The one Hundred Top Pasta Recipes
I borrowed a copy of this book from my local library and all I can say is the fact it appears to have been in print for the last 25 years combined with some wonderful simple... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Ian E. B. Hobbs
5.0 out of 5 stars great little book
This is a great little book with a vintage feel to it. For the price it is a really good bargain and will enhance anyone's recipe library
Published 20 months ago by Helly
5.0 out of 5 stars 100 pasta sauces
Lovely book in great condition. Haven't tried all the sauces yet but I am sure I will before long as I am an avid pasta eater,
Published 20 months ago by Sandra
5.0 out of 5 stars Pasta sauces in Amazon books
Wonderful book with classic and new pasta recipes that will keep the pasta addict going for months if not years to come.
Published 22 months ago by Patricia Millar
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Pasta Sauces Ever!!!
I bought this book, with its colourful appetising illustrations, about fifteen years ago, and have used it over and over (as the spatterings of olive oil on the front and back... Read more
Published on 3 Aug 2011 by F. S. L'hoir
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