Pasta

The shapely pleasures of a favorite food.

 


 

The Geometry of Pasta

Caz Hildebrand & Jacob Kenedy

 

A graphically stunning, tasty celebration of the history and culture of 100 shapes of Italian pasta, with recipes for the perfect sauce for each. From agnolotti and alfabeto to farfalle, fazzoletti, and fusilli; garganelli and gemelli to trofie, vermicellini, and ziti, this ingeniously designed black-and-white marvel is a small masterpiece of good taste.

 


 

The Encyclopedia of Pasta

By Oretta Zanini De Vita,
translated by Maureen B. Fant

 

The history, geography, and family lore of pasta, collected by an Italian food authority whose researches into the many shapes the blessed foodstuff takes—from abissini and agnolotti to zagarelle, ziti, and zziridd'—combines storytelling, scholarship, and recipes into a delicious compendium.

 

 


 

Heat

By Bill Buford

 

An accomplished writer and editor puts down his pen and picks up a knife in the kitchen at Mario Batali's acclaimed NYC restaurant, Babbo, then travels to Italy to study the art of pasta-making. Funny, fascinating, and—of course—well composed, Buford's culinary adventures are a delight to savor.

 

 


 

Pasta Sfoglia

By Ron and Colleen Suhanosky,
with Susan Simon

 

The informal elegance of the Sfoglia restaurants has wooed and won diners on Manhattan's Upper East Side and on the island of Nantucket. In more than 100 recipes, the chef-owners offer step-by-step instructions in creating perennial pasta classics—with appropriate seasonal embellishments.

 


 

Everyday Pasta 

By Giada De Laurentiis

 

Food Network star and culinary muse Giada De Laurentiis, with her characteristic flair for simplicity and flavor, showcases the versatility of pasta in many forms, sharing more than five-score recipes for main courses as well as salads and side dishes.

 

 

April 23: " 'A job,' the woman repeated again, smiling, as if I hadn't heard her. 'Would you like one?' "

Kenneth Calhoun (Black Moon) and Lysely Tenorio (Monstress) of the Discover Great New Writers program on B-movies, heritage, and finales.

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A Private Venus

Dubbed "the Italian Simenon," Giorgio Scerbanenco (1911-1969) began his crime-writing career with books set in the USA, but quickly shifted scene closer to home, the city of Milan.  In this adventure, appearing in English for the first time, his underdog hero Dr. Duca Lamberti finds himself in the middle of a seedy, scantily clad criminal racket, where the presence of an outsider could result in death.

The Promise of Hope

Killed last year in the infamous terror attack at Nairobi's Westgate mall, Kofi Awoonor was a national treasure in his native Ghana.  His career began in 1964 with Rediscovery, and this magnum opus serves as a tribute to his entire long journey charting his beloved nation's course through his accomplished poetry.

Winter Mythologies and Abbots

A pair of linked stories finds that, as translator Ann Jefferson relates, "[Pierre] Michon's great theme is the precarious balance between belief and imposture, and the way the greatest aspirations can be complicated by physical desire or the equally urgent desire for what he calls glory."