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4.0 out of 5 stars A definitive illustrated guide to the art of making, cooking and enjoying pasta, 19 Sept. 2007
This review is from: Pasta (DK Living) (Paperback)
`With over 2000 varieties and even its own Patron Saint, PASTA occupies a unique place in Italian gastronomy. The award winning author, Julia Della Croce describes her approach as `eclectically Italian'.
With recipes for every occasion, she includes classic dishes from her childhood, enticing regional specialities and inspired, spontaneous creations eaten with friends at home.....
Making your own pasta is no longer a daunting prospect - in a step-by-step section she demystifies the art of creating this endlessly versatile food.
There are also easy to follow instructions for every recipe...indispensable for the beginner and expert alike......'

168 high quality shiny pages, split over main chapters:-

A Gallery of Pasta - an enticing array of dishes from fragrant minestroni to layered lasagne bakes and exquisite stuffed pasta

Catalogue - a vividly illustrated catalogue of over 100 fried and fresh pasta shapes, presented by type.

Making and Cooking Pasta - including equipment.

The Recipes - an inspirational collection of over 120 recipes, including regional specialities, traditional favourites, mouth-watering desserts and contemporary dishes. Has recipes for fresh, dried and baked pasta.

Pantry and Glossary

sandwiched between an introduction and a concise index, which highlights the illustrated dishes.

Each chapter opens with relevant narrative.
Each recipe is well laid out with title in Italian and English, notes, the list of ingredients and a numbered method.

Beautiful colour illustrations, although not of every finished dish, which may prove slightly negative to those of us who like to see what we are aiming for on the plate, especially on the more complex sounding titles!

A very small taste of the recipes contained within:-

Summer Minestrone with Ham and Parmesan
Beef and Mushroom Ragu
Bolognese Sauce
Béchamel Sauce
Fresh Pasta
Taglierini with Seafood Sauce
Tagliatelle with Lemon Sauce
Rigatoni with Broccoli and Cauliflower Sauce
Ziti with Sausage and Peppers
Mezze Linguine with Tomato and Tuna Sauce
Pennette with Summer Salad Vegetables
Fusilli with Ricotta and Basil Sauce, Paola's Style
Tortellini Stuffed with Chicken and Pork in Meat Broth
Baked Lasagne with Prawns and Spinach
Timballo of Pasta with Meatballs in Shortcrust Pastry
Baked Fish Cannelloni with Veal and Mushroom Forcemeat
Neapolitan Sweet Spaghetti Pie with Raisin Sauce

`Tagliatelle with Sugar, Cinnamon and Hazelnuts in the Style of Umbria'
An unusual recipe from Umbria, these sweet tagliatelle are served on Christmas Eve.'
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