The author of several other single-subject Italian cookbooks, including Gelato! and Pizza Napoletana!, Johns presents 50 recipes for regional Italian pasta dishes, along with history and background on this favorite food, a useful chart of pasta shapes categorized by region, and "A Tour of Artisan Pasta Makers." The book has a certain appeal, but recipes for many of these specialties can easily be found elsewhere. For large Italian cookery collections. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.