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Dec 13, 2004 06:42 AM

Good pasta cookbook?

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Do any of you have recs for a good pasta and sauce cookbook for part of a xmas gift? Thanks,Richie

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  1. I would think Marcella Hazan would be a good idea.

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    1. re: Athena

      Yes, the Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking. A fundamental book to have, and a great introduction to one of the great cooking teachers of the past 100 years. She will instruct the reader on pasta and sauces: she does not suggest, she instructs, and her voice is (kindly) authoritative.

      1. re: Karl S.

        Definitely agree on Marcella Hazan - her son also has a nice book that is just pastas and sauce - don't remeber the name of it (or his first name) off hand.

        1. re: MMRuth

          I have both books, and if you're more focused on pasta, I'd recommend her son's book. I believe it's called The Complete Pasta Cookbook. It's out of print, but you can get new copies through amazon's used book dealers.

        2. re: Karl S.

          Couldn't agree with you more, Karl S. It's the authoritative tone that makes me love Marcella!


          1. re: Smokey

            Which is why her newest and last (so she insists) book is entitled Marcella Says...

      2. I also like a simple little book called Pasta Presto. Lots of sauces, all of which can be prepared quickly.

        Link: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/...

        1. Lidia's Family Table by Lidia Bastianich was rated as one of the top 2004 cookbooks by fine cooking magazine this year - you may want to check that out.

          1. i'm also a fan of marcella but i also have one other pasta cookbook that i use endlessly. pasta verde by judith barrett. it does focus on pasta with vegetables but the recipes are so good that i never seem to miss the meat even though i'm by no means a vegetarian. some of my favorite recipes from pasta verde include: pennette salad with roasted asparagus, zucchini, and lemon & parsley dressing; penne with tomatoes, roasted peppers, and fresh asiago cheese; and cavatappi baked with sweet onions and fontina.


            1. A small but very nice book is The Williams-Sonoma Collection: Pasta. It's beautifully photographed and contains about 40 or so excellent recipes.

              Here's a link:

              Link: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/prod...