The Complete Idiot's Guide to Cooking Pasta

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Alpha Books, 1998 - Cooking - 287 pages

Pasta is so well-known for its ease of preparation, its healthful properties, and its inexpensiveness, that it's easy to forget how versatile it is. The Complete Idiot's Guide to Cooking Pasta has sections dedicated to each kind of pasta, with more than 100 recipes ranging from your standard Penne all'Arrabbiata, to more complex dishes like Pappardelle with Veal and Fennel, and Orecchiette with Broccoli Rabe. But this is not just an Italian pasta book-recipes with Asian influence include Chicken Lo Mein and Udon with Sesame Sauce. With more than 100 recipes for the noodles themselves, soups, pasta salads, and much more, the book offers practical tips along with bits of food history. The book also clearly explains the ups and downs of dried pasta versus fresh, and all the methods for making it at home from scratch.

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Contents

Living in the Pasta
3
The Simple Secrets of Cooking Pasta
7
Your Everyday Noodle
17
It Doesnt Make Everything Better
29
Saucy
41
The Quickest and Easiest Italian Pasta Dishes
57
You Say Tomato
71
Pastabilities
81
Asian Noodles
177
Chinese Noodles
187
Japanese Noodles
195
Noodles From Other Asian Countries
207
Vietnamese Victuals
211
Strange Food in a Strange Land
217
The French Do It The Germans Do It Even the Spanish
225
A Kreplach By Any Other Name Ashkenazic
231

The Most Luxurious Italian Pasta Dishes
93
Pasta + Soup Comfort2
101
Baked Pasta
111
Rolling Your Own
121
You Are a Pasta Machine
129
Egging Ourselves On
137
Stuffed Italian Pastas
161
Other Handmade Pasta
171
North Africas Pasta
239
Pasta in the United States
245
A Stuck a Feather in His Hat and Called It What?
253
MailOrder Sources
261
Some Suggested Menus
269
Index
275
Copyright

About the author (1998)

Natalie Danford is a freelance writer and book critic whose work has appeared in "People, Salon, "the "Los Angeles Times, "the "Chicago Sun-Times, "and many other publications. She is the author of a novel, "Inheritance, "and lives in New York City.

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