By Editors at America’s Test Kitchen
America’s Test Kitchen, $26.95, 336 pages
There are pasta books … and then there’s this pasta book. Flip your carbohydrate dreams upside down and strain them through this sieve of revolutionary, creative and also traditional recipes. Can you make spaghetti without cooking the noodles first? Can you find a family favorite that’s been polished and perfected by the scientists at America’s Test Kitchen? Learn everything you need to know about this fascinating dish, in 200 solidly tested recipes that run the gamut of six-ingredient dishes, whole-wheat pasta dishes, sauces, Asian noodles and dumplings, and a staggering amount more. Treat your family and guests to Meaty Lasagna, Potstickers With Scallion Dipping Sauce, Spring Vegetable Pasta, and stash your fridge with homemade pestos and sauces for simple dinners. Don’t just look for a book that will provide a few recipes — look for a book that will offer an education in pasta and give you the recipes and the tools to flourish the pot in style! America’s Test Kitchen steadily has cranked out solid cookbooks with thorough research, explanations and instruction, and this book is no exception. Set your expectations high. You will not be disappointed!
Think you know everything there is to know about making pasta? Think again
Reviewed by Andrea Huehnerhoff