Pasta Classica

Pasta Classica

by Julia Della Croce
     
 
This book takes a sentimental journey through the delicious history of Italy's favorite food. Sprinkled throughout the book are full-color and black-and-white reproductions of fascinating paintings, drawings, and prints dating from the eighteenth century, as well as a delightful collection of poetry, folklore, and legends, all in praise of pasta.

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This book takes a sentimental journey through the delicious history of Italy's favorite food. Sprinkled throughout the book are full-color and black-and-white reproductions of fascinating paintings, drawings, and prints dating from the eighteenth century, as well as a delightful collection of poetry, folklore, and legends, all in praise of pasta.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Informal history, musings, recipes and gsplendid artwork render this volume entertaining for armchair cooks as well as useful in the kitchen. Readers can browse leisurely through accounts of authentic mozzarella (made from water buffalo milk), fascist antipasta propaganda of the 1930s, memories of a donkey-driven grinding wheel that turned wheat into flour, reproductions of a hand-colored engraving of a saffron crocus, a simple pen-and-ink drawing of a soup tureen and Torriglia's 19th century painting of a monk eating noodles. Oddly enough, a weak point in the volume is the photos accompanying basic instructions for making fresh pasta. Pictures are offered of the ingredients and of the finished dough, but beginners need more help on the intermediate steps. An ample selection of recipes is provided. Sauces include Bolognese tomato-and-meat sauce and an uncooked tomato sauce. Fresh pasta is featured in such dishes as taglierini with fish and lemon sauce and tomato tagliatelle with lobster saffron cream sauce, while separate recipes for dried pasta include spaghetti with raw tomatoes and avocado and pasta with pink vodka sauce, Flavia style. The author is a freelance food writer. (October)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780877014140
Publisher:
Chronicle Books LLC
Publication date:
02/29/2000
Pages:
160
Product dimensions:
9.94(w) x 10.34(h) x 0.82(d)

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