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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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51 of 52 people found the following review helpful
Inspired by Pasta Oct. 25 2009
By Laura Mead - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Devastated by the demise of "Gourmet" magazine (my source of gastronomical inspiration), I've been trying to find solace in cookbooks, new and old. The release of Phaidon's Silver Spoon Pasta could not have come at a better time. Looking at the spare, elegant layout and plentiful pictures, I felt that old kitchen fever that "Gourmet" always gave me. But even "Gourmet" never inspired me to make my own pasta. From scratch. Without a machine, the way I picture old Italian ladies doing it. It takes some muscle, but Silver Spoon Pasta, with its no-nonsense, plain and simple directions, made me believe I could do it.

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.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Adding something new... Jan. 7 2010
By Morrine - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This book is a very good book for the novice in the kitchen and it encourages moving into more difficult hand-made pasta recipes. Many of the recipes are "do-able" in 20 to 30 minutes so it would be handy for the working woman as well as the stay-at-home mother who has to prepare meals with time and energy limits in mind. I have tried several recipes already and been very pleased with the results. I originally bought the book because I felt that I had gotten into a rut with my cooking and needed to try some new recipes. I love pasta of all kinds and these recipes have really been fun to try. Many will become staples in my repertoire.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
An absolute must for any fan of AUTHENTIC Italian Jan. 6 2013
By My wife won't let me pick a name. - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This book has hundreds of delicious recipes for pasta varying from the simple and enjoyable to the complicated and addictively delicious. Silver Spoon Pasta has most of the recipes from the Silver Spoon, but it is much easier to use because of its smaller size and it has five times more recipes. I lived in Italy, so I won't cook anything but authentic Italian and this pasta is the most complete collection I've seen. Good stuff. I also recommend The Silver Spoon original cookbook.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Outstanding Pasta Recipe Book March 1 2012
By Alex Wilson - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
"The Silver Spoon Pasta" is well organized, expansive, and easy to follow. There are four main recipe categories: Dried Long Pasta, Dried Short Pasta, Fresh Cut Pasta, and Fresh FIlled Pasta. Each of these four categories are further organized by pasta shape. (Ex. Dried Long Pasta - Vermielli; Fresh Cut Pasta - Stracci; Fresh Filled Pasta - Pansotti.) Each pasta shape is described, and a bit of history on each shape/noodle is provided. There are several pictures illustrating how the finished food should appear. Recipes typically require 4-6 ingredients. Most ingredients are normal pantry items or common grocery items. Fortunately, most of the pasta shapes covered in this book are easy to find. Having said that, 99% of the time the cook can easily substitute other pasta shapes.
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.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Very highly recommended as a library 'staple' Feb. 20 2010
By Midwest Book Review - Published on
Format: Hardcover
The Silver Spoon: Pasta packs in a fine survey of the most popular pasta dishes from The Silver Spoon Restaurant, along with hundreds of new dishes from all corners of Italy, collected by the same team and published in English for the first time. The result is a gorgeous presentation packed with color photos throughout and presenting dishes easy for home cooks to duplicate. Very highly recommended as a library 'staple'.

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