Did you know there are over 300 shapes of pasta? To celebrate ‘National Pasta Day’, Ultimate Library recommends five great books about – pasta! These include ‘Peace, Love and Pasta: Simple and Elegant Recipes From a Chef’s Home Kitchen’ from award-winning TV chef Scott Conant. Be transported to the very heart of an Italian home…
1. The Geometry of Pasta by Jacob Kenedy and Caz Hildebrand
There are said to be over 300 shapes of pasta, each with a unique history and a story to tell. As each shape has an affinity for particular sauces or foods, the shapes have evolved to suit local ingredients. This book sees critically acclaimed chef, Jacob Kenedy, share with readers 100 different recipes to fulfil their pasta cravings.
2. Pasta Grannies: The Secrets of Italy’s Best Home Cooks by Vicky Bennison
Be transported to the very heart of an Italian home as you learn to make pasta from the best. A collection of time-tested recipes from Italian nonnas who have spent a lifetime cooking for love, not a living. With easily accessible recipes, learn that authentic Italian cooking is simple, beautiful and entirely achievable.
3. The Pasta Man: The Art of Making Spectacular Pasta by Mateo Zielonka
This isn’t just a recipe book; Mateo Zielonka will teach you how to make beautiful creations with his step-by-step instructions to make different pastas. Guiding you through every shape and effect, you will learn to add decorations and fillings to your pasta, creating a carb-lover’s dream. There are also 40 recipes in which to showcase your delicately crafted pasta to friends and family.
4. An A-Z of Pasta: Stories, Shapes, Sauces, Recipes by Rachel Roddy
Alongside 100 recipes are short essays that weave together the history, culture and the everyday life of pasta shapes, from the tip to the toe of Italy. There is pasta made with water and pasta with egg; shapes made by hand and those rolled by a machine; the long and the short; the rolled and the stretched; the twisted and the stuffed; the fresh and the dried. An A-Z of Pasta tells you how to match pasta shapes with sauces, and how to serve them.
5. Peace, Love and Pasta: Simple and Elegant Recipes From a Chef’s Home Kitchen by Scott Conant
From award-winning TV chef Scott Conant comes restaurant quality recipes for home cooking. Inspired by his Southern Italian roots and the food served from his grandparent’s garden, these recipes show the nuances of different flavours and the strong connection between family and food. The book compiles simple, fresh and flavourful Italian recipes that any home cook can bring to their family’s table.