The Pasta Friday Cookbook Review

The Pasta Friday Cookbook Review

Title: The Pasta Friday Cookbook: Let's Eat Together
Author: Allison Arevalo
Published: September 17, 2019, Andrews McMeel Publishing
No. of Pages: 176
Cover Price: $21.99 Paperback, $9.99 Kindle

What a great idea! With social media and a lack of communication with those we care about, Allison Arevalo has come up with an excellent cookbook, The Pasta Friday Cookbook: Let's Eat Together , that gets us together with friends, neighbors, or family for a weekly pasta night. In this cookbook, she not only gives instructions on how to start a group, but what to cook once the group has been formed.

The recipes are mostly simple to make, with easy-to-find ingredients, and easy-to-follow instructions. Everyone loved the Pappardelle with Roasted Pork and Mushrooms, and it is sure to become a standby at our house. Another new favorite is Spicy, Cheesy Shrimp with Lanterne and Breadcrumbs. Zia Bruna’s Spaghetti with Meatballs is also excellent. There are dozens of other mouthwatering dishes in the queue, including Crispy Chickpeas with Cencioni and Sausage, Cannelloni with Swiss Chard, Ricotta, and Béchamel, Bavette with Fiery Shrimp, and Calamarata with Braised Short Ribs and Saffron.

The variety of good, unique pasta dishes makes it so that everyone, no matter what their tastes, can find something yummy to serve on their pasta night. Every recipe so far has turned out picture-perfect, and there have been no complaints from adults, children, or even the picky eaters (they seem to exist everywhere, constantly trying to ruin everyone else’s food experience). One of the best parts about the recipes is that most require only crusty bread and a salad to make a complete meal. Even those who aren’t having a weekly pasta night will definitely want to make these recipes for their own families and friends. While there are photographs of most of the dishes, every dish isn’t pictured, with is unfortunate.

The suggestions for a successful get-together are very good, and anyone, whether a beginning cook or advanced, will find it easy to plan and carry out a simple night filled with friends and pasta.

Special thanks to NetGalley for supplying a review copy of this book.

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