The Ultimate Pasta Machine Cookbook Review

The Ultimate Pasta Machine Cookbook Review

Title: The Ultimate Pasta Machine Cookbook: 100 Recipes for Every Kind of Amazing Pasta Your Pasta Maker Can Make
Author: Lucy Vaserfirer
Published: August 4, 2020, Harvard Common Press
No. of Pages: 208
Cover Price: $24.99 Paperback, $17.99 Kindle

If you want to learn to make your own pasta with a machine, The Ultimate Pasta Machine Cookbook: 100 Recipes for Every Kind of Amazing Pasta Your Pasta Maker Can Make by Lucy Vaserfirer, is one of the best books in print. Not only does it have dozens of recipes for basic pasta dough, it has step by step instructions that even the most inexperienced novice can successfully follow. It covers regular crank pasta machines, as well as attachments for mixers, and also extruders and cavatelli makers.

Not only does this book walk you through the steps to make fabulous pasta, it contains dozens of mouthwatering recipes for saucing the pasta – from a simple retro Tuna Noodle Casserole to fancy Squid Ink Chitarra with Shrimp, Peas, and Pepperoni Crumbs with plenty in between. There are dozens of shapes of pasta discussed and in this book (although it could use a chart of the various types of pastas), and serious new pasta makers will find that they have something new to make every day for months. There are essential sauces (such as bechamel and browned butter), as well as excellent fillings for stuffed pasta. Included is also information on drying, storing, cooking, and saucing. There are beautiful photographs, especially of the pasta making steps, but the book could use photographs of all of the finished dishes.

Although I’ve been making pasta for years, and have several cookbooks on the subject, this one is definitely the best. Anyone serious about learning to make good pasta will want to own this cookbook. Highly recommended.

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

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