Pasta Basics: 82 Recipes Illustrated Step by Step

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The My Cooking Class Series takes a refreshing approach to learning the art of home cooking. The recipes are presented in complete visual sequences from start to finish, and every ingredient and every step is shown from above in full color so it's as true to life as possible ? just like a real cooking course. Written instructions accompany each recipe, and specialized tasks, such as making homemade pasta, are clearly demonstrated. Variations, notes and glossaries are welcome ...

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Overview

The My Cooking Class Series takes a refreshing approach to learning the art of home cooking. The recipes are presented in complete visual sequences from start to finish, and every ingredient and every step is shown from above in full color so it's as true to life as possible — just like a real cooking course. Written instructions accompany each recipe, and specialized tasks, such as making homemade pasta, are clearly demonstrated. Variations, notes and glossaries are welcome additions to each "class."

My Cooking Class replicates a professional cooking course and will transform how home cooks learn to prepare dishes and meals. Every ingredient, pot, pan and tool is shown, not just described, making this new visual cookbook format deliciously simple.

Pasta is a family favorite that's perfect for entertaining too. The 82 recipes in this book are super easy. Home cooks can recreate the tasty dishes they enjoy at their favorite restaurant and discover new ones.

Pasta Basics has nine chapters:

  • Basics
  • Express
  • Vegetarian
  • Fish and Seafood
  • Meats
  • Salads
  • Lasagnas
  • Ravioli
  • Gnocchi

Some of the superb recipes are:

  • Pesto
  • Meat sauce
  • Rigatoni with ham and gorgonzola
  • Pappardelle with wild mushrooms
  • Spaghetti with fresh tuna
  • Mussels with saffron
  • Seafood linguine
  • Paccheri with grilled vegetables
  • Penne with sausage and peas
  • Caprese salad
  • Pumpkin gnocchi
  • Duck tagliatelle
  • Spinach and ricotta cannelloni
  • Radicchio lasagna

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Editorial Reviews

Canadian Jewish News - Sheldon Kirshner
Pasta Basics ... leaves no stone unturned. You'll learn how to make a variety of pastas and whip up a rainbow of sauces. Recipes for such succulent dishes as eggplant macaroni and fusili with pepper sauce are at your fingertips. If fish and meat are your preferences, recipes for spaghetti with fresh tuna, anchovy and onion spaghettini, veal ragout timbale and lamb maltagliati will surely appeal. As well, there are mouth-watering recipes for salads, lasagna, stuffed pasta and gnocchi.
Ottawa Citizen - Byron Eade
This is a series by various authors with complete (and I mean complete) step-by-step and how-to colour photos to describe every conceivable step in every conceivable process. Each with 70 to 97 recipes. These books are extremely clear in presentation, right down to photos of egg yolks (with every other ingredient) so you don't accidentally reach for, say, Palmolive dishwashing soup when you should be making Bearnaise sauce. Some might think the series is too dumbed-down but, at only $25 a copy, I think these books are perfect for entry-level cooks who want to move beyond Kraft Dinner to discover that homemade lasagna does not always have to be made with dried gypsum board. I'd be tempted to give the whole set as a gift to the right person.
Battle Creek Enquirer - James Sanford
This series includes books on Pasta, Vegetable, Chocolate, Sauce, Steaming, Middle Eastern, and Indian Basics. Each book includes 60-100 recipes, each with not just an image of the finished product, but photos of every step. Perfect for the family chef, foodie, or cookbook collector.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781554077564
  • Publisher: Firefly Books, Limited
  • Publication date: 10/31/2010
  • Series: My Cooking Class Series
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 1,451,009
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Originally from Venice, Laura Zavan is a chef, food stylist, instructor, culinary consultant and a regular contributor to France's Regal and Elle magazines.

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