The Lost Ravioli Recipes of Hoboken: A Search for Food and Family

The Lost Ravioli Recipes of Hoboken: A Search for Food and Family

by Laura Schenone
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The Lost Ravioli Recipes of Hoboken: A Search for Food and Family by Laura Schenone

A Newsday Best Cookbook of 2007: can a recipe change your life? A quest for an authentic dish reveals a mythic love story and age-old culinary secrets.

James Beard Award-winning author Laura Schenone undertakes a quest to retrieve her great grandmother's ravioli recipe, reuniting with relatives as she goes. In lyrical prose and delicious recipes, Schenone takes the reader on an unforgettable journey from the grit of New Jersey's industrial wastelands and the fast-paced disposable culture of its suburbs to the dramatically beautiful coast of Liguria—the family's homeland—with its pesto, smoked chestnuts, torte, and, most beloved of all, ravioli, the food of celebration and happiness. Schenone discovers the persistent importance of place, while offering a perceptive voice on immigration and ethnicity in its twilight. Along the way, she gives us the comedies and foibles of family life, a story of love and loss, a deeper understanding of the bonds between parents and children, and the mysteries of pasta, rolled into a perfect circle of gossamer dough.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393075663
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 10/17/2008
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 352
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Laura Schenone is the author of the James Beard Award–winning A Thousand Years Over a Hot Stove and The Lost Ravioli Recipes of Hoboken. She lives in New Jersey with her family and dog Lily.

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The Lost Ravioli Recipes of Hoboken: A Search for Food and Family 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
billmarsano More than 1 year ago
By Bill Marsano. Laura Schenone's rare and beautiful book rewards and requires patience. It's not a cookbook (despite the esxcellent recipes at the back) but a book about cooking and culture and recovering the lost memories of an immigrant family. Don't skim or flip with this book. Sit down and READ it: Laura Schenone deserves your full attention. Married and with children-at which time anyone's neglected roots can begin to pull suddenly and fiercely-Schenone in her suburban New Jersey home suffers vague unease over her murky origins and many relatives. Her solution is to become obsessed with discovering and replicating the sacred ravioli recipe for which several female ancestors have been revered, and like any sincere cook and journey-quester she makes the all-important mistake of seeking the One True Recipe, That of course is mere myth, but she could get ANY recipe from a box at the supermarket-only her impossible quest can lead from Hoboken to Italy and, in time, to the greater truth of the Many True Recipes. Stirred in is her family, which of course is dysfunctional (show me one that isn't if you can). This, too, is important: the totemic recipe would be meaningless without the family relationships, and so Schenone's search exposes wounds and rivalries, old scores and resentments, grudges and refusals to forget or forgive. She is brave enough to face them and brave enough to write them down. Her writing throughout is mostly workmanlike (forget about the "elegance" proclaimed in the jacket blurb), but that strikes the right note. Fine writing and flights of fancy are not wanted here; they would only disguise the truth, bury it under window-dressing. A story such as this should be written from the heart not the Art, and this one is. I recognized it immediately. My own family (which on the International Familial Dysfunction Scale can beat Schenone's to sky-blue fits) originates in Genoa and also has roots in her selfsame Valfontanabuona; I believe I have even visited her ancestral town, Lumarzo, which is close to my own. And I have been decades on my own journey-quest (to make pizza from scratch). So I know, literally, where she's coming from. -Bill Marsano is an award-winning writer and editor on travel, wine and spirits; his scratch pizzas are excellent, if often shaped like Australia.
WindOwl More than 1 year ago
My husband & I have just started making our own pasta when I found this book. While there are a number tips and recipes, it's the story that really touched my heart. It's about family, recipes, traditions and evolutions ... the very heart of Life! A great, thought-provoking read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved every bit of it - even though my family was from Naples there are a lot of parallels in family history.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm not Italian and I don't even like ravioli. However, while reading this wonderful book, I was craving ravioli, wanting my own ravioli pin and pining for a trip to Italy! The book was great! The recipes look like they are worth trying and I also enjoyed hearing about the family life and family business. What's next, Laura Schenone?
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am married to an italian, so my appreciation of Italian food and family tradition has grown over the years. Laura Schenone's book captures the essence of the Italian love of family, food and life. But don't read this book if you are hungry!