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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.


        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.

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