THE ULTIMATE PASTA MACHINE COOKBOOK by Tom Lacalamita

THE ULTIMATE PASTA MACHINE COOKBOOK

KIRKUS REVIEW

 As he did in The Ultimate Bread Machine Cookbook (not reviewed), Lacalamita takes a newfangled appliance and shows how multifaceted it can be. Besides the expected Italian egg pasta, he provides instructions for producing gnocchi, won ton skins, and soba. But this is more than a mere machine instruction book, as it goes on to give recipes for the sauces, soups, and other dishes that call for pasta. Roasted vegetable sauce incorporating eggplant, peppers, zucchini, and tomatoes is suggested for durum- wheat pasta, and a simple Cantonese beef dish makes good use of rice noodles. Even with the use of a machine, some preparations are extremely time-consuming, such as tortellini, which must be filled, sealed, and shaped by hand, but Lacalamita's attitude is that every little bit helps, and his troubleshooting guide will be invaluable to novice pasta machine users. Although purists may scoff at these gadgets, this book is comprehensive enough to impress all kinds of noodleheads. (8 pages color photos, not seen) (Book-of-the-Month Homestyle Club alternate selection)

Pub Date: Dec. 5th, 1994
ISBN: 0-671-50102-X
Page count: 192pp
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 1st, 1994