Top positive review
Creative recipes to please many tastebuds for those who love their pasta
Reviewed in the United States on January 23, 2013
I have an automatic pasta maker and wanted some inspiration for new dishes in which I could utilize it. Although this doesn't get me that creative with the pasta dough recipes at all as it is really a primer on what to do after you have dough--as in store bought or homemade, it really has some fantastic recipes that utilize a multitude of pastas and pasta shapes.
(The Complete Book of Pasta is better if you want to start from scratch but don't pass up this book if that is what you are looking for, this one gives you great dishes and is a must for an Italian dish lover)
What shines in the book are the creative takes on pasta such as Tagliatelle with short rib ragu, Butternut Tortelloni with Cranberry Walnut Salad, Spaghetti with Pino Grigio and Seafood, Toasted Ciabatta toasts with Balsamic Syrup, Champagne Risotto, Linguini and Lobster Fra Diovolo, Shrimp Lasagna Rolls with Creamy Marinara...you get the picture...such a variety of simple such as baked macaroni casserole to more gourmet and everything from light dishes, to hearty ones to appetizers etc.
What's nice is she even gives you full menus such as suggested items for a party with kids, or a feast for Christmas Eve...no need to think of what will pair well together, the thinking is done for you.
I find myself reaching for this cookbook often for dinner parties. It seems to have the kind of things that everyone loves but that look beautiful when plated. And, best yet, that taste amazing.