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Packed with delicious recipes and beautiful photography that will make you yearn for an Italian holiday, this lovely cookbook – A Passion for Pasta: Distinctive Regional Recipes from the Top to the Toe of Italy – from ‘pasta queen’ Carmela Sereno guides you through every aspect of pasta-making. Exploding some of the myths about pasta’s origins and with step-by-step guides to making all kinds of pasta from scratch, it features regional recipes from Bolzano and the Valle d’Aosta in the Italian Alps all the way down to Calabria and Sicily in the south.
Carmela’s infectious passion for pasta permeates the pages, and with her easy-to-follow instructions and conversational style, you’ll feel as if you’re cooking with a friend as you explore new and exciting recipes from every region of Italy.
Step-by-step guides to making fresh pasta
If you’re worried about making pasta from scratch – don’t be! Carmelo is happy to admit that there’s nothing wrong with a good brand of ready-made, dried pasta, but she’s filled this lovely recipe book with hints and tips that will soon have you trying to make your own fresh pasta whether plain, multi-coloured, unfilled, filled or in all sorts of shapes and sizes. She starts us off with a basic egg pasta dough and works through all the possible variations of flavour and colour, including a guide to making gluten free pasta… and you might even learn a little Italian along the way!
Perfect pasta, region by region
Many families have a reliable go-to recipe for lasagne, but in this recipe book you’ll find seven variations on the theme! And that’s just the tip of the pasta ‘iceberg’ – in A Passion for Pasta, you’ll find inspiring and delicious ideas from every corner of Italy. From Simple Spaghetti to Pumpkin and Amaretti Tortelli parcels, there’s a savoury dish to tempt every appetite and suit every occasion and taste.
About the author
A well-established Italian cookery writer and teacher, Carmela Sereno is famed for her encyclopaedic knowledge of regional Italian cuisine and for her approachable teaching style. A busy mum with four children, she has a wide following on social media from online posts that ably demonstrate her passion for pasta. She still teaches a few small classes from her family kitchen, but nowadays is often to be found teaching in London restaurants, food festivals and corporate events.
Hardback, 256 pages.
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