The Lost Ravioli Recipes of Hoboken: A Search for Food and Family

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W. W. Norton & Company, Oct 30, 2007 - Biography & Autobiography - 331 pages
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James Beard Award-winning author Laura Schenone undertakes a quest to retrieve her great grandmother's ravioli recipe, reuniting with relatives as she goes. In lyrical prose and delicious recipes, Schenone takes the reader on an unforgettable journey from the grit of New Jersey's industrial wastelands and the fast-paced disposable culture of its suburbs to the dramatically beautiful coast of Liguria—the family's homeland—with its pesto, smoked chestnuts, torte, and, most beloved of all, ravioli, the food of celebration and happiness. Schenone discovers the persistent importance of place, while offering a perceptive voice on immigration and ethnicity in its twilight. Along the way, she gives us the comedies and foibles of family life, a story of love and loss, a deeper understanding of the bonds between parents and children, and the mysteries of pasta, rolled into a perfect circle of gossamer dough.

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But it does include some terrific recipes. - Goodreads
Didn't care for the writing style. - Goodreads
I loved that the recipes are published in detail. - Goodreads
There are some interesting recipes at the end though. - Goodreads
Very dry writing by a boastful former food journalist. - Goodreads
Several recipes conclude the book. - Goodreads

Review: The Lost Ravioli Recipes of Hoboken: A Search for Food and Family

User Review  - Nikki - Goodreads

Schenone's story is a bit romantic for my taste. I'm rarely in the mindset for something so romantically fetishized and to be honest I wonder if I would have finished if it weren't about food! Just ... Read full review

Review: The Lost Ravioli Recipes of Hoboken: A Search for Food and Family

User Review  - Elizabeth - Goodreads

This is a wonderful account. Laura Schenone lures us in with the promise of an "authentic" recipe for ravioli and indeed offers several versions, but ultimately leaves us to ask what authenticity ... Read full review


Grace 24 1
Ghosts 22
Rolling the Dough III 21
Alchemies 20
Ravioli I Have Known 16
The Herbs of Liguria 6
Lost and Found Recipes
SpeciAl Tools for Making Pasta
metal ravioli form

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About the author (2007)

Laura Schenone is the author of the James Beard Award-winning book A Thousand Years Over a Hot Stove. She writes for Saveur, New Jersey Monthly, and other magazines. She lives in Montclair, New Jersey

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