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Sauces & Shapes: Pasta the Italian Wayby Oretta Zanini De Vita
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Sauces and Shapes showcases some 150 straight-forward, flavorful, and very Italian recipes for sauces, soups, and handmade pasta, adapted with a minimum of compromise for the American kitchen. And every recipe features the right shapes to accompany the sauce. Why tagliatelle for Bolognese? Why linguine for spicy tuna sauce? Some recipes will be familiar while others may surprise, such as a sauce of spareribs with horseradish or the real Alfredo, but everywhere ingredients rule. As a bonus, the book features 100 illustrations of ingredients and pasta-making techniques and no-nonsense instructions for stocking an Italian pantry, cooking al dente, stuffing ravioli, and choosing cheese. No other cookbook combines such rigorous authenticity with such user-friendly, delicious recipes.
"Picking up where the Encyclopedia of Pasta (2009) left off, this manifesto on Italian noodles is meant to provide recipes for home cooks preparing dishes in modern kitchens. While the previous work focused on cataloguing and describing Italian pasta, this book is meant to help those out outside of Italy cook like Italians. With sections on every step of making pasta dishes — e.g., the types of wheat employed, the various forms and how to create them, how to cook the noodles properly, when and how to add sauce, which ingredients to have in the pantry, and which equipment is necessary to get the best results — every aspect of making one of the world's favorite comfort foods is covered. Of course, no noodle would be complete without the right condimento (anything that goes on a noodle), and this cookbook covers those in great detail as well. From 'last-minute sauces,' made primarily with ingredients one has lying around, to fresh vegetable, herb, and mushroom sauces, selected based on which ingredients are in season; fish and seafood sauces; and meat sauces, you can go months without ever repeating a dish. The book also contains helpful hints, like which sauces taste better when prepared a day before serving and which wines pair well with each dish." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Winner of the 2014 International Association of Culinary Association (IACP) Award The indispensable cookbook for genuine Italian sauces and the traditional pasta shapes that go with them.
Pasta is so universally popular in the United States that it can justifiably be called an American food. This book makes the case for keeping it Italian with recipes for sauces and soups as cooked in Italian homes today. There are authentic versions of such favorites as carbonara, bolognese, marinara, and Alfredo, as well as plenty of unusual but no less traditional sauces, based on roasts, ribs, rabbit, clams, eggplant, arugula, and mushrooms, to name but a few.
About the Author
Oretta Zanini de Vita has written more than forty books on Italian food, including the James Beard Award–winning Encyclopedia of Pasta.Maureen B. Fant is the coauthor of Dictionary of Italian Cuisine.
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