Pasta is comfort food, and spaghetti with meatballs is a perennial favorite for a reason, but pasta can also be elegant and gourmet, even while retaining its implicit simplicity. This book, with gorgeous pictures for every recipe, shows you how easy it is to craft delicious pasta dishes using fresh and flavorful ingredients for every season. It’s easier than you might think to make your own pasta, and a simple, basic pasta recipe is included, along with step-by-step guidance on pasta-making technique; this basic recipe can be amended with various additions to become Sage Fettuccine or Pumpkin Pappardelle. Many other recipes rely on prepackaged noodles of various shapes, which makes these recipes come together in a snap – usually under half an hour, or about the time it takes to boil the pasta. The flavor combinations are truly inspired, from the brilliantly unique like Caramelized Blood Oranges and Escarole, or Blueberry and Raw Sweet Corn with Basil and Thyme, to the more familiar but still, in these pages, multidimensional, like Pasta e Patate, or maybe Cucumber Pasta Salad with Creamy Dill. This is an exceedingly beautiful pasta cookbook that will elevate your pasta dishes to heights you would never have imagined.
Reviewed By: Gretchen Wagner