The Pasta Friday Cookbook: Let's Eat Together

The Pasta Friday Cookbook: Let's Eat Together

by Allison Arevalo


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Community. Connections. Comfort.
52 pasta recipes. 16 seasonal salads. A year of gathering around the table to share a meal, strengthen bonds, and make memories.

Pasta Friday is a weekly pasta tradition that turns neighbors into friends, and friends into family. Restaurateur and food writer Allison Arevalo shows you how to start your own tradition by cooking comforting, delicious pasta dishes to feed your family on a busy weeknight, or for a crowd on the weekend.

It’s not about entertaining, but sitting down with family and friends to eat together, and connect over big bowls of cannolicchi with red pepper sauce, pappardelle with slow-cooked pork ragu, trofie with pesto, and more.

Find the right dish for any week of the year from the 52 comforting pasta dishes and 16 creative salads, organized by season. And, be sure to sprinkle in some extras like crispy, spicy prosciutto, lemon breadcrumbs. Each recipe uses a different pasta shape, so you can have fun experimenting with calamarata, gnocchetti, paccheri, and mafalda, or simply using traditional spaghetti. There are plenty of tips for scaling the recipes up for a crowd, shopping on a budget, and finding time to cook, along with wine pairings, and gorgeous photography. You'll fall in love with the Pasta Friday tradition, and start hosting your own before you know it.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781449497897
Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
Publication date: 09/17/2019
Pages: 176
Sales rank: 269,039
Product dimensions: 7.50(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Allison Arevalo is a restaurateur, chef, and food writer. She co-founded Homeroom restaurant in Oakland, California and co-authored the best-selling Mac and Cheese Cookbook. Allison has made numerous TV appearances on the Travel Channel, the Cooking Channel, and others, and she’s been featured on local and national news outlets, including the Wall Street Journal and the Restaurant Unstoppable podcast.
Allison lives in Brooklyn with her husband, Alejandro, and their two sons, Nico and Luca, where she is preparing to open a new restaurant focused on fresh pasta and seasonal sauces.

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The Pasta Friday Cookbook: Let's Eat Together 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
TamSesto 9 months ago
I love pasta and was very excited to get a chance to review this cookbook. I decided to make the Zero Ricotta Baked Ziti. It was a good choice, as it was super delicious. I’ve never made homemade tomato sauce before, and I wasn’t sure if there would be enough flavor in the sauce. The sauce was awesome, and I loved the fact that she made her sauce in the oven as oppose to a long simmer on the stovetop. The recipe’s directions were easy to follow, and the ziti baked up just as expected. And even though there was no ricotta in it, the dish was loaded with cheese. Fresh grated Romano, diced mozzarella, and fresh mozzarella slices exploded every bite with flavor. Each recipe has a section showing wine parings, pasta shapes, serve with information, and recipe notes. The author also give a short explanation as to how the recipe came to be. In addition, the book has beautiful pictures and stories showing the food and friends gathering at the pasta Friday get togethers, and many, delicious looking pasta recipes. I definitely will be adding this cookbook to my cookbook collection. Thanks to Net Galley for a chance to review this 5 star cookbook.
wordsandbooksandthings 11 months ago
Allison Arevalo has created a community filled with friends and family, with neighbors and school mates, and with pasta lovers of all ages. She and her family host a weekly pasta dinner, and she wants you to do it too. In her new cookbook, The Pasta Friday Cookbook, she walks about how she is able to pull off a weekly gathering of friends and family and then shares 52 different pasta recipes that you can use to start your own Pasta Fridays. First of all, Arevalo sets rules. She makes a pasta dish and a salad, and that’s it. No appetizers, no desserts (although she does get popsicles for the kids). She doesn’t cater to special diets—anyone who wants to eat gluten-free or vegetarian/vegan can bring their own meals. She does make a big pot of pasta with butter for the kids, but she also encourages them to try the “adult” pasta as well. The clean up all gets done Friday night, so Saturday isn’t spent cleaning up the kitchen. And all the adults bring 2 bottles of wine, and everyone eats and talks and laughs and drinks together. The Pasta Friday Cookbook is packed with 52 pasta ideas, divided by season. Each week features a different shape of pasta, so with the help of a good local Italian market or the internet, you could cook a different style of noodle every week for a year. She also includes a wide variety of sauces to serve with the pasta, with seasonal vegetables, quality cheeses, a wide assortment of meats and seafood, and a really good olive oil. It sounds like a lot of work to create a different pasta every week for a group of people, but Arevalo’s recipes tend toward the simple and rustic. She chooses quality ingredients that will be packed with flavor, cooks them simply, and lets the dishes speak for themselves. And she also includes four salad recipes for each season as well as a host of recipe for extras that can be set out to accompany the pasta, like Homemade Breadcrumbs, Fried Capers, Salsa Verde, and Basic Pesto. She starts with summer (but you can start at any time of the year, of course), with recipes like Bucatini with Summer Corn and Pancetta and Pam’s Pasta with Sausage, Tomatoes, and Peaches. Fall brings heartier dishes like Broken-Up Chicken Parm with Cestini or Duck Lasagne with Roasteed Carrots. Winter offers the filling comfort of Linguine with Dungeness Crab, Scallops, and Clams and Veal Marsala with Escarole and Stringozzi. Spring’s bounty includes Big Fusilli with a Quick Lamb Ragu and Gnocchi with Peas and Prosciutto. But here’s the thing about the Pasta Friday idea: it’s not about the food. It’s about the fellowship. It’s a chance to build a community, to come together in good times and bad, to support each other and grow in friendship. The Pasta Friday Cookbook isn’t just about creating a great dinner. It’s about making a fuller life for you and your family. Personally, I’m not sure a weekly pasta night is right for us. But maybe monthly. I do like the idea of getting together on a regular basis with friends and enjoying a big pot of pasta and companionship. At the very least, this has given me a lot to think about. I highly recommend The Pasta Friday Cookbook, both as a collection of crazy and delicious recipes and as a guideline for building a stronger community. Galleys for The Pasta Friday Cookbook were provided by Andrews McMeel Publishing through NetGalley, with many thanks.
Anonymous 11 months ago
This book has really upped my pasta game. We have pasta at least once a week but got stuck in a bit of a rut making the same few dishes. This book has great recipes and the two I have tried so far have been very successful. This is a great book for pasta lovers and also vegetarians as there are lots of vegetable based recipes included. The photography in the book is also very good. Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for an advance copy of this title in exchange for an unbiased review.
Denice_L More than 1 year ago
Pasta Friday is an excellent idea to get everyone together to gossip and appreciate their time together while enjoying meals that everyone will love. I've yet to meet anyone who did not have at least one pasta dish on their list of favorites. Plus Allison Arevalo gives us many new, and different types of pasta and then uses them in a dish sure to please even the person who thinks macaroni and cheese is the height of pasta cuisine. My friends and family have already put together a calendar of gatherings to try her recipes and her excellent suggestions for quality time together.
CathyGeha More than 1 year ago
The Pasta Friday Cookbook Let's Eat Together by Allison Arevalo With over 70 recipes in this book there is definitely something for everyone! The idea of having one day a week to socialize and to do so using a different pasta and sauce each week of the year is interesting. I have loved pasta since I was three or four and living next door to an Italian woman who made pasta in her kitchen. Anyway, this book was a delight to look through and gave me much food for thought. Ms Arevalo has given clear cut directions in her recipe and in the first chapter tells why she started this tradition and gives hints on how to be successful should you decide to do this yourself. How much for 2 or 4 or 25 people and how to also figure out how much meat, sauce etc is mentioned. The recipes are set up by season starting with Fall and each season has ingredients that should be readily available. The photography is lovely and made me want to sit down with t he bottle of wine I had brought with me to enjoy a meal with all the others there for the meals. Thank you to NetGalley and Andrews McMeel Publishing for the ARC – This is my honest review. 5 Stars