The Silver Spoon: Pasta Hardcover – Sep 14 2009
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'The UK's love affair with pasta shows no sign of abating, and this book is a must-have for the something-out-of-nothing cook.' Delicious 'innovative and wide-ranging' Taste Italia 'a great source for ideas, whether you're after a quick, from-the-larder supper or instructions on how to make pasta.' Time Out 'Concise recipes are easy to follow, the color photos will keep you motivated and the results are bound to please.' The Wall Street Journal
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And... I could. Within the course of a weekend, I made the maltagliati with bell peppers, the orecchiette with oven-roasted tomatoes, and the spaghetti with olives and lemon. Maybe I'm on a carbohydrate high, but I'm a big fan of this cookbook. It is somehow both minimalistic and sensuous, with color photos of the pasta dishes on almost every other page. Many of the recipes call for less than 10 ingredients, and the simplicity and specificity of the ingredients and methods is a beautiful thing. Every recipe I've tried has been delicious.
The book is organized in two sections, dried pasta (both long and short) and fresh pasta (cut and filled). Each section is then organized by pasta type, with an overview and recipes appropriate for that type of pasta. There are classics, like Spaghetti Carbonara, as well as less common dishes: fettuccine with orange blossom, mezze maniche with creamy garbanzo bean sauce, pumpkin lasagna. Never heard of them, but I am now committed to making them, as soon as possible.
Similar to The Silver Spoon New Edition, this book provides both the English and Italian names of each recipe. Many recipes include meat, which I was happy to find. Of course, there are several vegetarian dishes and dishes loaded with cheese. The only recipes that seem to be missing are gnocchi recipes. That said, The Silver Spoon New Edition has several gnocchi recipes, and the cook can easily make a sauce from this book and put it on gnocchi.
I love this recipe book, and I have even given "The Silver Spoon Pasta" as a gift.