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Posted February 2, 2009
an enormously satisfying cookbook
Prime pasta. Perfect pasta - that's the only kind served by the authors in their Providence restaurant, Al Forno. Billy Joel claims their pizza is the best in the world. While I wouldn't argue with him, for me the easy to follow recipes offered in this imaginative, enormously satisfying cookbook are among the best to be found. The author's love and enthusiasm for the type of food they prepare is obvious on every page as they experiment, create, and enjoy. Explaining that work nights end late for them, they add that they're hungry so together they prepare what they call 'midnight spaghetti.' It's really a fun-loving competition between the two of them with simple rules: 'Prepare a delicious sauce in the time it takes for a pot of water to boil and the pasta to cook.' Among the dishes favored for these nocturnal feasts are Spaghetti with Fresh Spinach and Gorgonzola, Pantry Spaghetti, Vintner's Spaghetti, Pappardelle with Olives, Thyme, and Lemon. Recipes for these and other mouth-watering pasta dishes, whether appetizers or main courses, are found in this temptingly illustrated book. Of enormous help are the hints offered by this couple who have cooked tens of thousands of pounds of pasta at their restaurant. For instance, a good rule of thumb is four ounces of pasta per person as a main meal and half of that for a starter. Plus, a list of must-haves for your pasta pantry is indispensable, and saves hasty runs to the super market. Couldn't possibly choose a favorite from the many recipes offered but high on my list is Jo's Fast 'Cheater's' Lasagne. Granted, I'm biased as pasta has always been a favorite dish, and I tend to heartily agree with the authors' admonition: 'Don't trust people who don't like pasta.' Highly recommended - enjoy! - Gail Cooke
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Posted August 29, 2009
Who Knew Spaghetti Could do so Many Things!
Creative, easy and DELICIOUS! This is a great go-to book when you want an easy solution for a terrific meal the whole family will love. The directions are simple the results are fantastic. There is always room for substitution for ingredients you may not care for and still get a great dish. Here is where you can get basic recipes to change up and have fun with. This is not only "no-fail" cooking, but, also "no-fear" cooking!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 7, 2010
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